The FBI released a sketch of a possible suspect in the bombing and offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the person of interest.
There were no injuries stemming from Tuesday’s attαck, but the bombing has left members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization wondering why there was very little media coverage of the incident.
On Wednesday the Kouachi brothers kιlled 12 people and injured 11 in an attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. That event dominated the American media, overshadowing the NAACP bombing.
Investigators say they are not sure whether the NAACP was targeted.
According to the Associated Press, “FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle said authorities drew the sketch of a bald white man with sunglasses based on accounts of witnesses who saw him place a device behind the building that houses the NAACP and a black-owned barbershop.”
“We’re not going to call it terrorism and we’re not going to call it a hate crime. It’s a bombing investigation,” said Ravenelle.
After speaking with people from the NAACP office, investigators say there were no threαts leading up to the bombing.
The bomb only caused minor damage since a gas canister failed to ignite.
Ravenelle made it a point to note how seriously authorities are taking the investigation. He went on to acknowledge that the NAACP is a target for white supremacists.
“I know what the NAACP means to some extremists in this country,” he said.