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UPDATE: Friend of suspected Panaca bomber speaks

Posted at 5:12 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 08:49:41-04

UPDATE: 13 Action News spoke to a friend of the suspected bomber only an hour before the deadly blast.

Floyd Jackson said the man told him he was on his way to Ely and about an hour later, he heard the explosions.

Jackson told 13 Action News that he was blown away by what happened and that the suspected bomber did not appear stressed out or upset the last time he saw him.

Multiple witnesses say that the suspected backed into the victims' home and as they ran out, he put a bomb inside the home. Another bomb was in the trunk of his vehicle.

Jackson also told 13 Action News that the bomber was ex-military and that he used to set up military exhibits.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office originally stated that the bombing was the result of some sort of work dispute and that the suspect, who was fired from his job as a nurse, targeted the victims.

But, an official motive has not been released.

Friends of the suspect believe it may have been some sort of business deal that went bad.

The investigation is still underway.


PANACA, Nev. (KTNV) -- One person is dead after a pair of explosions in Panaca, which is located in Lincoln County, on Wednesday night.

The explosions were reportedly caused by a pair of bombs, one in a car and one in a house or in the backyard of a home.

According to the sheriff in Lincoln County, a "disgruntled former employee" of Grover C. Dills Hospital is responsible for the bombs and there is more to the story.

The sheriff also said that home involved did not belong to the man and that a woman in the house was told to leave if she wanted to live.

A neighbor told 13 Action News that the dead man was a night nurse at the hospital and had a tough time over the last few years. The man reportedly lost his wife recently and his mother committed suicide shortly after. He had allegedly moved to Panaca to start over.

The neighbor also told 13 Action News that the woman who was at the home at the time of the explosion is also a nurse at the hospital, as is her husband.

It is not known why the dead man was at their home.

Debris from the explosions was found on the roof of a high school located about a mile away. In addition, other homes nearby were also damaged.

A male juvenile who was on a bicycle in the area at the time was also hit by debris and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sent the Nevada CBRNE unit, which was formerly known as the ARMOR unit, to Panaca to assist in the investigation.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have also confirmed that it is also assisting with the investigation.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has also sent people to assist and released the following statement:

“Details from the incident last night in Panaca are still emerging but I am fully committed to helping assist the victims, residents, and Lincoln County community as they respond to this shocking event. I received briefing information late last night from the Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Division of Emergency Management. Due to the early reports, I have directed the Director of the Department of Public Safety Jim Wright and Chief of Emergency Management Caleb Cage to travel to the site to monitor the situation and deliver periodic updates to my office. The State Fire Marshall, Nevada Highway Patrol, and the Nevada Division of Investigations are also assisting. I will be in contact with Lincoln County officials this morning and will offer any and all additional state resources available should the local law enforcement and first responder community require them.”

The sheriff also said that the man believed to be responsible may be ex-military.

Panaca is located north of Caliente near the Utah border.