The suspect in the Austin bombings was Mark Anthony Conditt, a 24-year-old white man from Pflugerville, Texas, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to NBC News and the Associated Press.
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Police said the suspect killed himself Wednesday by detonating an explosive device as authorities moved in to arrest him.
Conditt is suspected to be the man behind five package bomb explosions that killed two people and wounded several others. The bombings began March 2.
Neighbors expressed shock that Conditt, who was homeschooled, was the bomber.
“I know this is a cliché but I just can’t imagine that,” one neighbor, whose children grew up playing with Conditt, told the Austin Statesman.
The local newspaper also reported that Conditt had received a degree from Austin Community College’s Northridge Campus. He had worked at Crux Semiconductor and as a computer repair technician.
“He seemed like a very normal kid,” a neighbor told NBC News. “Over the years there’s nothing I can point to.”
"He seemed like a very normal kid … Over the years there's nothing I can point to."
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Police were able to identify Conditt with help from video footage and witness accounts.
Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley warned that some package bombs might “still be out there.”
But officials are unsure of his motive.
“We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did and that will also be part of the continuing investigation as we try to learn more about him and try to understand why he took the actions he did,” Manley said.