One of those neighbors said his son, who had just arrived home, witnessed the shooting.
That neighbor said he went outside and saw a man holding a gun standing over the body of another man on the ground.
The witness said as the motorcyclist was driving off, “he heard an explosion from the area where he first observed the motorcyclist in the parking lot.” FBI investigators tracked down Roden after identifying the license plate number of the motorcycle.
Agents then surveilled his apartment and witnessed him arriving on the red motorcycle, a 2015 Honda Model CB300.
Roden, who served in the Air Force and the Oklahoma Air National Guard and was upset by the circumstances surrounding his discharge, has made anti-government posts on his Facebook page in recent days. That is how I am going to make up for 2 years 7 months without a job and harrassment,” he wrote.
Details of his military service and discharge were not immediately available. Vandalism was reported on July 9 at another recruiting center across the street from where the bombing occurred, the FBI said in court documents.
But later in the day, the FBI hesitated on defining it as terrorism, saying until a suspect and motive were found, “we’re treating it as strictly a criminal investigation with an explosive device.” Special Agent Jessi Rice, a FBI spokesperson from the Oklahoma City field office, told reporters, “We don’t know if it was a disgruntled employee, an act of domestic terrorism, just someone playing games.” But later in the day, authorities said it appeared to be a “criminal act” with an explosive device, not necessarily terrorism, but a motive had not been officially determined. Monday at the recruiting center near East 103rd Street and South Memorial, the FBI said. Roden also “wanted to quit the Air Force and join the U. The letter included a photo of a white male with “Ben Roden” written next to it and four comments from his Facebook page.
No one was injured Monday night when the blast rattled the office in a strip mall near Tulsa, blowing the doors off and causing “extensive” damage, the FBI says.
A witness told KJRH-TV that a person on a red motorcycle, described as a “crotch rocket” threw a backpack at the Air Force recruiting center and then drove off. The witness said it appeared there was a “pipe bomb” inside the backpack. There were cars in the parking lot that were damaged, but no one was in the cars, the FBI said. According to court documents, a witness staying at a hotel near the recruiting center saw a red motorcycle speeding through a four-way stop in the parking lot where the center is located.
The witness said he “narrowly missed colliding with the motorcyclist,” who then sped away from the scene.
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