By EMMA JAMES
Shocking video footage shows a Lexus ablaze at a funeral after it was blown up by an assailant who hurled a bomb into the car, before driving off and firing shots.
The bomb, which exploded on August 23, exploded with such force that multiple trees in the cemetery in Auburn, Washington, were ripped from their roots.
Eyewitnesses say the bomber was the passenger in a dark colored sedan, which may have been an Acura.
No one was injured in the explosion at Mountain View Cemetery on August 23, but officers are appealing for information on the suspect.
Auburn Police Department says their officers followed the suspect car, with the occupants then firing gunshots at them.
The name of the Lexus’ owner has not been released, and police say they remain mystified as to whether the car was deliberately targeted – and why.
Police say the vehicle is a black Acura RL with no license plates and described the suspect as a tall man wearing a black ski mask.
In a statement they said: ‘On August 23rd, while a funeral occurred at Mountain View Cemetery, the passenger of the pictured vehicle placed an explosive device in an attendee’s car.
‘The explosive device created an immense fire destroying the victim’s vehicle and surrounding trees. City of Auburn employees followed the suspect’s vehicle as it fled the area.
‘The suspect vehicle’s passenger then shot several rounds at the employees as they followed.
‘The vehicle was described as a black Acura RL, with no license plates. The suspect was described as a tall male and was wearing a full black ski mask.’
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Auburn PD Tip Line at 253-288-7403.