In a Thursday appearance on “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said that the man linked to the deadly bombings in Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas during the past month had a “target list” of future locations he intended to strike.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R.-Texas, said authorities discovered that Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, had a “target list of future targets” that included residences.
“I think he had pulled these addresses, these were his future targets. It was a target list.” McCaul said.
McCaul indicated that addresses on the list compiled by Conditt, 23, were visited by authorities and the locations were cleared from any suspicious packages.
“We were also able to use technology to find a digital footprint of where his cellphone had been … the key evidence was getting his cellphone number so that when he did turn his cellphone on, immediately the SWAT teams descended on him at about 3 o’clock in the morning … so we were able to get close to him before he blew himself up,” McCaul told Fox News.
According to McCaul, authorities are now working to establish a link between the addresses on Conditt’s list.
“That is what we are looking at right now. What is the common denominator between all these victims, or is it just completely random?” he said.
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McCaul noted that law enforcement obtained “a lot of computer data, hard drives” when they conducted a search on Wednesday of the home in which Conditt was living in Pflugerville, located northeast of Austin.
“Those things will be very telling along with social media about what was motivating him to do this, and also was there any connectivity between all these victims or was it just a completely random event,” McCaul said.
McCaul revealed that Conditt used “exotic batteries” to make his bombs. Because they were “very unique” battery packs ordered off the internet from Asia, authorities were able to determine that all of the devices planted recently in the Austin area were produced by the same person. Nails purchased at a Home Depot were also used in making the bombs.
McCaul said that the 25-minute-long “confession” produced by Conditt was indicative of a “disturbed young man.”
“I think it’s clear from his confession that this is not terror-related, although he terrorized the city of Austin,” McCaul said.
Suicide serial bomber kills/injures 6, unleashes 3-week wave of terror drawing Feds to #Austin, records martyr video, has bomb-making room, ‘target list’ reportedly found – yet some like @Gman_Moore on #CNN still trying to humanize #MarkAnthonyConditt. #terrorism #AustinBombings pic.twitter.com/C9n9t5aqSf
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