Austin police have linked
Monday morning’s mail bombing, that killed a teen boy and injured a
woman, with another deadly explosion earlier this month. A third
explosion left a 75-year-old woman with “life-threatening
Police Chief Brian Manley
has warned Austin residents no to open their mail, following dual
mail bombings in the Texas city on Monday. The investigation is being
coordinated with units from both the FBI and ATF.
"Similar to the
other two incidents,the victim came outside and found a package,
picked it up and the box detonated," Chief Brian Manley told a
press conference. In reference to speculation that the bombings were
a spate of hate crimes, Manley added that investigators haven’t
identified a “specific victimology or ideology based on current
evidence… We are willing to investigate any avenue.”
Based on evidence from
all three scenes, the police believe the incidents are related but
have yet to establish a motive or to identify the type of explosive
used. "We are not calling it a serial bomber case," the
police chief confirmed. Two of the victims were African-American and
the latest victim was Hispanic, so the department are not ruling out
that these were hate crimes.
incidents, up to this point, have occurred at residences. It is
important that people be vigilant," Manley added. He also
confirmed that additional K9 explosives units have been brought in to
the city to assist with the investigation.
My heart goes out to the family of the individual who died & was injured from the explosion on Old Fort Hill Dr. This type of crime will not be tolerated in #ATX. If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately.
Multiple #ATCEMS@Austin_Police@AustinFireInfo onscene of a reported explosion at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Dr (06:44); 2 pts identified thus far with Medics obtaining DOS pronouncement of late teens Male & ~40's F txpt'd to DSMC w/serious potentially life threat inj's. MTF...
UPDATE2 reported explosion 6700blk Galindo St (1149): CORRECTION 1st patient is ~70s female and was transported to Dell Seton Medical Seton with serious potentially life threatening injuries, 2nd patient is ~80s female with unrelated medical issue. More to follow.