An elderly man was killed and another person remained in critical condition Tuesday after a package exploded at a home just outside the Lebanon city limits Monday night.
Further, lives were interrupted, school was reorganized and investigators from local, state and federal agencies remain searching for clues into exactly what happened and who is responsible.
During a press conference Tuesday, authorities from several agencies carefully spoke about the ongoing investigation, but each kept a common theme. Each urged anyone with information to come forward so closure could be brought to this bizarre case.
“We’ll be running leads and processing the crime scene, collecting any evidence available, and the TBI crime lab will be analyzing the evidence as it’s collected,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Mark Gwyn said. “Most of all, we’ll be here night and day to try to come to a resolution of this issue as quickest we can.”
Gwyn said investigators hope for help from the public. Anyone with information relevant to the investigation should call 800-TBI-FIND or 800-824-3463.
In addition, Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said an $8,000 reward was issued for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the crime.
“This is currently an ongoing investigation, so we’re all working together in a collaborative partnership to try to find suspects in the best way we can,” ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jack Webb said. “At this time, I’d like to reiterate we’re all working together to develop leads we have and to come to a conclusion to try to find the suspects who caused this. Rest assured we are working everything to the best of our abilities with all agents involved.”
The State Fire Marshal’s Bomb and Arson section Director Dewey Woody Jr. said what officials were trying to elude to was that “public safety is paramount.”
“We’re not saying this is isolated but we’re not also wanting the public to panic,” Woody said. “If you receive something suspicious or not expected, make those phone calls to make sure there’s no issue. We’re looking at public safety as paramount for everybody.”
It’s important to trust those in law enforcement and urge anyone with information to come forward. Most importantly, let’s hope a conclusion comes much sooner than later.