Everything looked like a healthy chat between neighbors only after the bomb exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning and Rick Laude, the neighbor of the bomber understood the sinister meaning behind his neighbor’s smiling remark that the city and the rest of the world would never forget him.
Laude told the media that he was left speechless when he found from the authorities that his 63-year-old neighbor, Anthony Quinn Warner, has been identified as the man suspected of detonating a bomb that killed himself, injured three other people, and damaged dozens of buildings.
According to Laude, he saw Warner standing at his mailbox less than a week before Christmas and pulled over in his car to talk. After asking how Warner’s elderly mother was doing, Laude said he casually asked him, "Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?"
Laude recalled the conversation and said, Warner, smiled and said, "Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me."
Laude said he didn’t think much of the remark and thought Warner only meant that "something good" was going to happen for him financially.
Laude said, "Nothing about this guy raised any red flags."
"He was just quiet."
Warner gave clues that suggest that he planned and intended to kill himself in the bombing, but a clear motive remains elusive.
David Rausch, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said, "We hope to get an answer. Sometimes, it’s just not possible."
"The best way to find a motive is to talk to the individual. We will not be able to do that in this case."
Investigators are analyzing property belonging to Warner that was collected during the investigation, including a computer and a portable storage drive, and are continuing to interview witnesses as they try to identify a potential motive for the explosion, a law enforcement official said.