Bomb Blast at Colorado NAACP Office Being Investigated
Was it hate crime, domestic terrorism, or something unrelated?
The FBI is investigating possible motives behind a bomb blast outside a Colorado Springs NAACP office on Tuesday, but have yet to reach a final determination. The device, set against an exterior wall, went off just before 11 a.m., the Denver Post reported, though a gasoline container placed next to the device did not ignite. No one was hurt in the explosion.
NAACP chapter President Harry Allen said the blast was strong enough that it knocked items off the shelf inside the offices. "We'll move on," Allen told the Gazette. "This won't deter us from doing the job we want to do in the community."
The single-story building also houses Mr. G's Hair Designs, a barber shop.
"Everybody loves me," Gene Southerland, the shop owner, told a customer over the phone, according to the Post. "I don't have any enemies."
The FBI, meanwhile, is searching for a "person of interest" described as a balding white male, approximately 40 years of age. Neighbors reported seeing a man fitting that description fleeing the scene just after the device went off, the Post reported.
"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," the FBI said in a statement.
In a separate statement, FBI spokeswoman Amy Sanders told USA Today that the agency was investigating whether the blast was "an act of domestic terrorism."