Deceased Austin Bombing Suspect Is Identified

Law enforcement sources say he was Mark A. Conditt of Pflugerville
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2018 9:07 AM CDT
Updated Mar 21, 2018 2:57 PM CDT
Officials investigate the scene where a suspect in a series of bombing attacks in Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Round Rock, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt has been identified by law enforcement sources as the suspected Austin serial bomber, the American-Statesman reports. The suspect blew himself up early Wednesday. The paper says Conditt, identified by police as 24, but 23 according to the public records it viewed, completed a home-schooled high school education and attended Austin Community College. An online job profile it viewed described him as a "purchasing Agent/buyer/shipping and receiving" for Crux Semiconductor in Austin, though Reuters described Conditt as unemployed. The paper was unable to find much in the way of social media posts under his name, but points to one from his mother in 2013 that noted her son was "thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do….maybe a mission trip."

  • NBC found a 2012 blog, apparently written by Conditt as part of a community college government class, in which he discussed his views on various social and political topics. Among other things, he called homosexuality "not natural" and, writing about abortions, said: "If a woman does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason."

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