FBI investigating explosion near NAACP office in Colorado Springs
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
An explosion that took place in a barber shop next door to the Colorado Springs, Colorado office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) yesterday is currently being investigated by the FBI's , as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officials said the explosive device was placed next to a can of gasoline but the gasoline did not ignite after the device detonated.
The FBI are seeking a balding white male, aged about 40 years old, as a "person of interest" connected to the case. The FBI statement continued: "He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate".
FBI Special Agent Amy Sanders said: "The investigation is ongoing and it is not known at this time if the NAACP or a business in the vicinity was the intended target".
Gene Southerland, owner of Mr. G's Hair Design Studios, said: "I was cutting somebody's hair and I heard the explosion [...] It was such a loud explosion that some plastic containers fell off the shelf." Southerland continued: "Some neighbors came out and said they saw a Caucasian gentleman get into a white truck [...] It was such a beautiful day and everything, sunny. And in broad daylight, you hear this explosion. It's frightening".
Henry Allen Jr, the president of the Colorado Springs branch of the NAACP, told reporters: "We'll move on. This won't deter us from doing the job we want to do in the community." The NAACP national office put out a statement stating that the group "looks forward to a full and thorough investigation into this matter by federal agents and local law enforcement".
told Colorado Springs newspaper by email: "I'm thankful that none of the volunteers or employees of the Colorado Springs NAACP were injured in today's apparent bombing [...] I hope that the FBI investigation is able to swiftly apprehend the people responsible for this act of violence and intimidation."
- Kassondra Cloos and Lisa Walton. "FBI looking for man regarding explosion near Colorado Springs NAACP office" — , January 7, 2015
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