Police in Panaca, Nevada, on Friday were still trying to piece together the motives behind a car bomb that left one dead, another possibly injured, and a home in near-total destruction.
But details of the attack, which occurred Wednesday evening, are sketchy.
So far, investigators are being tight-lipped about what they know, simply saying a man, who’s not yet been named, was killed when a bomb detonated in his car, while a family of five escaped injury when a blast went off in the back of their house. Initial reports said one was also injured, but followup coverage indicated the only victim was the killed man.
“The sound was just horrendous,” said one individual, Jeanett McCrosky, who was in her home about a block from the scene of the bombing, the Associated Press reported. “It was really quite a force.”
The Lincoln County Record reported late Wednesday evening, two blasts in a neighborhood located about 100 miles north of Las Vegas brought on the emergency response. As St. George News found, “one of the explosions originated from a car bomb that appears to have killed the suspected car bomber.”
A nearby resident, Ken Thornock. said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the first explosion shattered windows in several homes, and then a second blast soon after followed.
Thornock specified the area of the blasts were different, with the first one coming from the back of a home and the second, destroying a car.
“The car that blew up was unrecognizable,” he said, according to local media.
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said the bombings seemed tied to an employee of the Grover C. Dils Medical Center who was disgruntled. But investigators are still trying to discern the full motive, while officials with the FBI and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency responded to the scene.
On Thursday, investigators also said there was a link between the man who died in the car and the five family members who lived in the home.
As ABC News reported, Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee wouldn’t say anything more about the incident or even name the man who was killed. Lee also refused to divulge the name of the suspected bomber.
“My neighbor says there’s a three-foot crater where the car was parked,” said another resident, Richard Katschke, AP reported.
Katschke said he attends the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the five family members who lived in the bombed house. He also said the husband is a former hospital worker, while his wife currently serves as a nurse. The couple has three daughters between the ages of eight and 12, he said.
Other neighbors identified the family as headed by Joshua Cluff, a former hospital worker, and his wife, Tiffany Cluff, a nurse, and that they have three daughters, ABC News reported. ABC also said the woman and two daughters were the only ones home at the time of the blasts, and they escaped unharmed.
“We’re a close community,” Katchke said, St. George News reported. “This kind of thing, it’ll pull the community together.”