Thursday, January 8, 2015

Colorado Springs NAACP Office Bombed In Suspected Act Of "Domestic Terrorism" (UPDATE : Suspect Sketch)

In what is being called an act of "domestic terrorism" an improvised explosive device was set off near the Colorado Springs NAACP Chapter on Tuesday.

No one was injured but sources say it could have been worse considering that a container filled with gasoline placed next to the device failed to ignite. Nevertheless the resulting explosion knocked items off the office walls and left scorch marks in and around the building.

According to the the FBI, officials are seeking a "potential person of interest," described as a balding white male, about 40 years old 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.”

Authorities have released this composite sketch of the man they believe detonated an explosive near the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. The FBI and the ATF are also offering a $10,000 reward for information on the Tuesday explosion.

The NAACP chapter’s president, Harry Allen Jr., told The Gazette he would wait for the outcome of the investigation before labeling the explosion a hate crime. 

"This won’t deter us from doing the job we want to do in the community," adding "I don't want anyone to use the detonation of a device at the building that occupies the Colorado Springs NAACP, I don't want them to use that for a division of our nation and our community,"

Though The office was closed Wednesday volunteers were back at work today.

Anyone with information was urged to call (303) 435-7787.

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