FBI Special Agent Thomas Ravenelle announced a new development Friday in the ongoing investigation of a bombing that took place near the Colorado Springs NAACP headquarters Tuesday morning.
Ravenelle told reporters during a news conference that authorities have spoken with at least one witness who said that at the time of the explosion, a man was seen "carrying something down an alley" and driving off in a white pickup truck as the device detonated.
Ravenelle described the suspect as "a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age and balding." The man was driving a dirty 2000 or older model white pickup truck with paneling or rails, a dark-colored bed liner, and an open or missing tailgate. The truck was also missing a license plate, or it was covered.
Ravenelle said that neither the FBI nor local authorities would speculate on the placement of the explosive near the NAACP building until they obtained more concrete evidence, but that "it would be naive not to acknowledge the history that the NAACP's history of being a target of bombings."
As investigations continue, local police will provide additional patrols in the area.
Ravenelle said authorities have received a relatively small volume of tips from witnesses, and urged the community to come forward, even if they did not have a lot of information.
"Even the smallest tip can make or break an investigation," he said.
One witness said that an unidentified man had walked into the NAACP shortly before the explosion and was allegedly angry. According to Ravenelle, the individual addressed someone within the building and expressed that he "felt that the NAACP wasn't representing him as they should be."
NAACP Colorado Springs Chapter President Henry Allen, who sat in the audience during the news conference, nodded his head to confirm.
The $10,000 reward was being offered by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Anyone with information was urged to call (303) 435-7787.