Two killed as package bomber continues to target Austin

14 March, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Jason Torres
  • One person dead one hurt after reported explosion in Austin Texas

Exploding packagesWhere the explosions occurred in Austin.

- The residents found the packages outside their houses, but none was delivered by the Postal Service or delivery services like UPS or FedEx, police said.

This week's attacks killed a 17-year-old boy in an early Monday morning blast as he handled the package.

Manley said people can call 911 if they believe they have received a suspicious or unexpected package left at their homes. The police chief refused to provide many details about how the explosives were packaged, citing the ongoing investigation.

According to the police department's investigation, the victim, identified as a 75-year-old Hispanic woman, exited her home and picked up a package left on her doorstep. Authorities said earlier that the woman's injuries were life-threatening, but Manley says she'll survive.

The first incident occurred on March 2, killing Anthony Stephan House, 39, after a package exploded at his home.

"The world is just filled with insane people, that in their minds, the only crime is how you were born", says Jay Brewer, neighbor.

Investigators say they believe there is a connection between three package bombings in Austin, Texas.

Manley would only say that "these are very powerful devices" and "there's a certain level of skill required to move a device like this".

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The explosions happened within about 15 miles of each other. Police now say Monday's blasts are connected to a third less than two weeks ago. Now, they are investigating the explosions as related, and re-classified House's death from "suspicious" to "homicide". "You knew that something awful was happening", Reynolds said, adding that the victim's body was riddled with holes as emergency responders took her out of the house.

In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott said he's been briefed by the Texas Department of Public Safety on the three blasts that have killed two people and injured two others.

"It shook my house and it shook my body", said Isaiah Guerrero, who says he was in his room when he heard the explosion.

A second package was discovered near the site of the initial Monday explosion and that some residents and media members were evacuated or pushed farther from the blast site as authorities determined whether it was a bomb, Manley said.

Dixon said while he knew of no one who bore a grudge against his stepson, he could not help but think about his and Mason's family ties and their prominence in Austin's African-American community.

In a tweet, organisers of the popular festival said they were "heartbroken" by the explosions and urged visitors to stay safe. "Call 9-1-1 immediately if you receive something suspicious".

Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are working to solve the series of bombings, which have drawn comparisons to those of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, who killed three people and injured 23 others between 1978 and 1995.

The ATF is processing evidence from the first device at its lab and evidence from the second device will also be sent to an ATF lab for consistency.

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