Nashville bomber suspect pictured for first time after Christmas Day explosion

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Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, died in an explosion in Nashville which saw three people injured and buildings damaged on Christmas Day morning, police have said.

Police have identified warner as the suspect of the bombings in a news conference on Sunday.

FBI forensic experts matched DNA samples of Warner to those found at the scene.

Police also searched a home in nearby Antioch where it's believed he lived.

The first photo of the suspect has been released, according to CBS news, who say law enforcement sources have confirmed is Warner.

Jeff Pegues, Chief Justice and Home Security Correspondent for the news outlet tweeted : "CBS Has obtained a photo of Anthony Quinn Warner, the person of interest in the Nashville bombing."

"Investigators believe he died in the blast."

"We've come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber and he was present when the bomb went off and that he perished in the bombing," Donald Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said.

It's too early in the investigation to discuss the suspect's motives behind the explosion, officials have said.

  • Chilling CCTV footage captures 'ruthless' attack carried out in broad daylight

Warner's RV, which was parked on a downtown street of Nashville, exploded at dawn on Friday, moments after police responding to reports of gunfire noticed the motor home.

They heard music and an automated message coming from the vehicle warning of a bomb, and homes were evacuated.

  • 'Human remains' found at Nashville blast after RV emitted chilling Xmas Day warning

Experts searched Warner's home on Saturday and visited a Nashville real estate agency where he offered computer services.

He had worked on computers for a number of years, but in an email this month told the firm he'd no longer be working there and gave no reason.

Five Nashville police officers who were on the scene early on Friday recalled the moments ahead of the explosion.

They were working to evacuate homes and called for a bomb squad, which was en route when the RV exploded.

"I was thrown forward, knocked to the ground," officer Brenna Hosey told reporters at the news conference yesterday.

"But I was able to catch myself, I was fine."

The officers have been hailed as heroes by city leaders.

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