Suspect Sought In Connection With Explosion Outside NAACP In Colorado


The FBI is looking for a balding white man in his 40s connection with an explosion outside the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday. A makeshift bomb or explosive device was detonated against the exterior wall of the NAACP building at around 10:45 a.m.

There were no injuries reported.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a gasoline can had been placed near the device but did not ignite during the explosion, Sanders said.

Only minor damage was suffered, according to Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Denver.

The explosion charred the exterior wall of the building.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

A man aged about 40 is a person of interest in the investigation. He may be driving a 2000 or older-model dirty white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark-colored bed liner, an open tailgate and a missing or covered license plate.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also investigating the case, according to Christopher Amon, acting spokesman for the agency’s Denver office.

It’s not clear whether anyone was inside the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People office when the explosion occurred, but Gene Southerland, whose barbershop is in the same single-story building as the NAACP, said he heard the explosion Tuesday morning.

A white guy in a truck. Well, that narrows it down. According to Al Jazeera, the pickup truck the person of interest was driving was “dirty.”

“I made sure my three customers were OK, then walked outside,” Southerland said. “On the northeast side of the building I saw a red gas can on the ground. Neighbors started walking out of their houses asking me, ‘What happened, what happened?’”

“It’s messed up, man. It’s horrible,” Southerland said. “In broad daylight? Just goes to show there’s always a threat.”

“Some neighbors came out and said they saw a Caucasian gentleman get into a white truck,” said Gene Southerland, the owner of Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios, which shares the building with the NAACP office, according to The Gazette.

“It was such a beautiful day and everything, sunny. And in broad daylight, you hear this explosion. It’s frightening,” he said.

During the explosion, Southerland, a customer and a beautician were inside the business. That explosion knocked down a few plastic bottles on a shelf in the northeast corner of the building, he said.

“I had a corrections officer in my chair, and he said it sounded like a shotgun blast,” Southerland said.

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