Austin Bomber Blows Himself Up After Road Pursuit
The serial bomber that terrorized Austin, identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, blew himself up in his car after a SWAT team pursued him on Wednesday morning. A confession of his guilt was found on his phone later that evening, the Washington Post reported.
Conditt completely lacked remorse in the video, saying “I wish I were sorry,”. His scheme included packaged explosives that were placed outside people’s homes, a tripwire bomb, a mailed package that exploded in a FedEx facility near San Antonio, and another package at a FedEx in Austin that was seized by officials before going off. The explosions he caused killed two people and injured four others, as reported by The New York Times.
19 days after the bombings began, surveillance video from a FedEx security camera outside of Austin showing Conditt’s SUV tipped off the authorities to his whereabouts. The police were able to track Conditt from his phone, and located his car in a hotel parking lot in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, The New York Times reported. He was slowly pursued by police and SWAT team members and cornered into a ditch, where he detonated one of his bombs and was fired at by an officer, according to multiple reports. Several reports say it is unclear whether it was the bomb or the shot that killed him.
The bombing spree follows a slew of recent domestic terrorism, including the Parkland, Florida school shooting in February that left 17 dead, the Sutherland Springs church shooting in November that killed 26, and the Las Vegas Massacre in October that caused nearly 60 casualties.
Authorities say Conditt did not explain his motive in the confession video he left, but the police chief did say that "It is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his life that led him to this point," according to CNN.
Such responses to Conditt’s actions and ultimate death, as well as those of other white, male terrorists in the U.S., have furthered a conversation about how race and religion play a role in the way these shooters and bombers are portrayed in the media.