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Austin Police Chief Calls Package Bomber ‘A Very Challenged Young Man’

March 22, 2018 - 8:26 am
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AUSTIN (1010 WINS) -- Police in Austin say there's a "reasonable level of certainty" there are no more package bombs "out in the public" but they're urging people to remain mindful.

The suspected serial bomber, 23-year-old Mark Conditt, blew himself up in a vehicle Wednesday, as a SWAT team closed in on him.

Police Chief Brian Manley said Conditt left behind a 25 minute cell phone video recording that focused on his personal life, and that it was an outcry from a very challenged young man.

"I know everybody is interested in a motive, and understanding why, and we are never going to put a ration behind these acts. But what I can tell you having listened to that recording; he doesn't mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate," Manley said.

Authorities wouldn't release the recording.

Conditt was tracked down using store surveillance video, cellphone signals and witness accounts of a customer shipping packages in a disguise that included a blond wig and gloves.

A search of Conditt's home suggested he was considering building and deploying more bombs.

The bombings killed two people and wounded four others.