The owner of a tattoo parlor that was destroyed in the Nashville Christmas morning explosion believes that the bomber ‘staked out’ the area for weeks before launching the devastating attack that left three people injured.
On Friday morning around 6.30am a white RV exploded outside Nashville’s AT&T building, damaging dozens of structures.
Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, has been confirmed as a person of interest in the investigation is believed to have targeted the building out of his paranoia about 5G technology.
Peter Gibson, who owned Pride and Glory Tattoo, said he saw an RV similar to the one that detonated lurking outside his shop over the past few weeks and it had parked where he usually put his own vehicle.
‘I can’t say if it was that one, but it was very similar,’ Gibson said to WZTV.
‘Whoever it was, they’d been staking out and they’d been doing their laps and their routine, practicing for a couple of weeks, it seems,’ he added.
Peter Gibson, the owner of Pride and Glory Tattoo that was destroyed in the Nashville Christmas bombing, says he spotted an RV ‘staking out’ the area for weeks. He said: ‘Whoever it was, they’d been staking out and they’d been doing their laps and their routine, practicing for a couple of weeks, it seems’
The RV which exploded on Christmas morning is pictured. Police are now purportedly investigating whether it belonged to Anthony Quinn Warner
Devastation: The damage of the explosion pictured above in downtown Nashville. Three people were injured and 41 businesses were impacted in the blast
Speaking on the tragedy Gibson said he’s left ‘Heartbroken. Speechless. P*ssed. All the above to be honest with you.’
He’s teamed up with Sandy Lee, who owned two boutiques on 2nd Avenue next to Gibson that were also destroyed in the blast, to raise money to support their staff.
So far a GoFundMe page for their efforts has surpassed $12,000 as of Sunday afternoon.
‘It’s just been overwhelming, and me and the guys, we just appreciate it so much,’ Gibson said.
The parlor shop shared a statement on Facebook on Saturday saying: ‘Yesterday, Christmas Day…Tragedy struck our beautify city of Nashville.’
‘The bombing took place directly in front of the shop & completely wiped out the historic buildings. Sidewalks. And beauty we call home,’ the shop staff wrote.
‘The pain we are feeling is indescribable. We really appreciate all the overwhelming support from our downtown family…We love our city and will continue to show the world what Nashvillestrong means. We love all of you,’ the statement added.
A view of the Pride and Glory Tattoo Parlor before it was destroyed above
The tattoo parlor shared this message on Facebook on Saturday saying: ‘The pain we are feeling is indescribable’
Above is where the tattoo parlor used to stand before the blast
Gibson and local small business owners whose businesses were hit in the blast have started a GoFundMe Page to support the owners, staff, and help rebuild their shops
At a Sunday press conference police described how the RV, which was covered in cameras, played an ominous warning about the impending explosion and the song ‘Downtown’ by Petula Clark in the minutes before the blast went off.
What we know about the bombing
- Cops responded to reports of shots fired in downtown Nashville at about 6am Friday and encountered an RV broadcasting a warning that a bomb will go off in 15 minutes
- Explosion erupted outside the AT&T building at about 6.40am, injuring three people, damaging dozens of structures and sparking widespread WiFi and cell phone outages across Tennessee and Kentucky
- Police identified Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as a person of interest after FBI agents were seen swarming a home linked to him in Antioch
- The FBI is believed to be investigating claims that Warner was paranoid about 5G being used to spy on Americans, which could explain why the blast went off outside the AT&T building
The white RV first arrived at 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville at 1.22am CT on Friday and it broadcasted an eerie message warning of an explosion that would occur in 15 minutes. A computerized female voice boomed ‘Evacuate now. This vehicle will explode in 15 minutes,’ then started a countdown.
Police arrived on the scene and started to evacuate people.
Then around 6.30am the voice said: ‘If you can hear this message, evacuate now’ right before the bomb went off.
The explosion impacted at least 41 businesses and one building partially collapsed. Now the affected buildings will be assessed for structural integrity.
The explosion is thought to have been the result of a suicide bombing after it was revealed that human remains had been recovered at the scene and officials said they were not looking for another suspect.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper on Sunday said he suspects that the AT&T transmission center was targeted in the attack.
Cooper told CBS News’ Face the Nation that it ‘feels like there has to be some connection to the AT&T facility and the site of the bombing’.
Law enforcement sources told CBS that Warner is believed to have died in the explosion as DNA tests are performed on the remains. The outlet reported that the FBI received at least two tips about Warner prior to the blast.
WSMV Nashville said that the FBI was digging into claims that Warner was paranoid about the idea that Americans are being spied on using 5G, which could explain the location of the explosion on 2nd Avenue North.
FBI agents raided Warner’s home on Bakertown Road in Antioch on Saturday morning. Several neighbors described Warner as an ‘oddball’ and said they’d seen an RV parked outside the home which matched the one used in the attack.
Chilling video captured the moment the RV exploded outside Nashville’s AT&T building Friday morning
Smoke rises around the AT&T transmission center in downtown Nashville moments after the explosion on Friday morning
This is what is left of Second Avenue in downtown Nashville after the explosion on Friday morning
Speaking to CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said he suspects that the AT&T building was targeted in the attack
Warner gave his $160,000 house away for nothing a month before the blast, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed. The property is pictured with a white RV used in the bombing out front on Google Street View prior to the explosion
The two properties are located just a 15 minute drive from the street in downtown Nashville where the bomb exploded
DailyMail.com revealed that the $160,000 home had been transferred for free to 29-year-old Michelle Swing on November 25 – but she claims she was unaware of the exchange.
Tony Rodriguez lives in the second home within the duplex that agents raided on Saturday but told the Washington Post that he never spoke to his neighbor and did not know his name.
He alleged that Warner kept ‘No Trespassing’ signs around the home, especially around the RV, and was often seen tinkering with antenna above the house.
Rodriguez also claimed that investigators had taken a computer motherboard from Warner’s house during the search.