Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Police in Texas warn public after third package bombing in Austin

Police in Texas warn public after third package bombing in Austin

Manley urged Austin residents to call police if they find any package on their doorstop that gives them "cause for concern". The U.S. Postal Service confirmed to investigators that the packages did not come through their facilities, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

However, according to Austin police, there is no current evidence that the blasts were related to terrorism.

The police chief refused to provide many details about how the explosives were packaged, citing the ongoing investigation. "We have innocent people being hurt".

Investigators are now attempting to determine whether the Monday blasts are related to the explosion that killed a 39-year-old Austin man March 2.

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At 6:55 a.m., police said they were called to a home in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive, near East Howard Lane and Harris Ridge Boulevard, in the Harris Ridge neighborhood. The explosion killed a 17-year-old boy and sent a woman in the home to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Then, shortly before noon, local time, police responded to a third explosion, this time on the southeast side of the city. They found the two injured victims: a 17-year-old boy, who later died, and a woman, whose injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Both packages were left on the front doorstep and were not delivered by a USA mail service, police said.

As Police Chief Brian Manley held a news conference to discuss that blast, officers were called to the scene of another explosion that badly injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.

A package bomb that killed a teenager and wounded a woman Monday in Austin is probably linked to a similar bombing that killed a man elsewhere in the city this month, authorities said, and investigators are considering whether race was a factor because all of the victims were black.

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Neighbors say they are shocked by a second explosion at an Austin home on Monday.

"We will not tolerate this in Austin", Manley told reporters, hours after Monday's explosion. "We are willing to investigate any avenue that may be involved".

The FBI and ATF are assisting the Austin Police Department in the investigation of the three cases.

The two explosions that left two dead are now being investigated as homicides. Manley said a motive in the two incidents remains unclear, but the victim in the first and second explosion are African American and they can not rule out that the incidents were hate crimes.

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Manley said his office still didn't know the motive behind the attacks. The victims in both incidents were African-American, and authorities say they are not ruling out the possibility that these are hate crimes. "So, we are still working to identify whether or not that may play a role, but we are not going to rule that out", he said.

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