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FBI investigating Nashville bombing suspect’s contacts before attack

NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 31: MNPD officers stand next to an invcinerated vehicle and observe damage down to the historic buildings on Second Avenue on Decemeber 31, 2020 in Nashville, TN. On Christmas morning, suspect Anthony Warner detonated an R.V. packed with explosives in Downtown Nashville damaging over forty buildings in Nashville’s Historic District. (Photo by Alex Kent/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:10 AM PT – Sunday, January 3, 2021

As the investigation continues into downtown Nashville’s Christmas Day bombing, the FBI uncovers new information linked to the suspect.

On Saturday, federal investigators discovered that prior to the attack, 63-year-old Anthony Warner sent packages to multiple people he knew. These packages possibly exposed his plans for the bombing.

FBI Special Agent Jason Pack released a statement, which said authorities are “aware the suspect sent materials, which espoused his viewpoints to several acquaintances throughout the country.”

This finding came after a recent police report revealed Warner’s former girlfriend had warned police that he was making bombs out of his R.V. almost two years ago.

This undated image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner. Warner, the man accused of exploding a bomb in Nashville, Tenn., on Christmas Day, told a neighbor days earlier that “Nashville and the world is never going to forget me.” (Courtesy of FBI via AP)

“At no time was there evidence or reasonable suspicion that a crime was being committed,” Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake said. “And officers had no legal basis to go into Warner’s fenced-in backyard or home during August 2019.”

The FBI said they assessed the allegations at that time as best as they could.

“I believe the officers did everything they could legally,” Drake noted. “Maybe we could have followed up more, [but] hindsight is 20/20.”

Moving forward, the FBI urged anyone who may have received anything from Warner to contact authorities.

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