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Package Bombing In Austin, Texas Kills 17-Year-Old Boy

13 March, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Teen killed after package explodes at Texas home

Authorities had said they believe the first two explosions are linked.

This map shows three reported explosions in the Austin, Texas area.

Shortly before noon, the elderly woman was injured after a retrieving a box that had been left on her porch, police said.

He said the timing of the attacks is complicated by the fact that the city is hosting the SXSW conference, with business, music, film and technology leaders spread out at events throughout the city.

Austin police say at least two people have died after several exploding packages showed up at people's homes in Texas.

Manley said that 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.

They are investigating whether the bombings were racially motivated as all the victims are black. "He says there's now no other evidence indicating a hate crime beyond the victims' race", the AP reports.

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

Police said they believe the person or people delivering the package did so at night, and are warning people to be aware of deliveries they are not expecting.

The first bomb today exploded around 6:40 a.m. Monday. She had serious injuries that could be life-threatening. She is said to be in a critical condition. The first bomb killed a 17-year-old male and wounded another woman.

'This is the third in what we believe to be related incidents that have happened over the past 10 days, ' he said.

The two bombings came a little over a week after a northeast Austin resident, Anthony Stephan House, 39, was killed in a "very similar" package bombing early in the morning, Manley said.

"We have had two victims that were African American, and the victim of this latest incident was a 75-year-old Hispanic female", the police chief said.

"We are not ruling anything out at this point", Police Chief Brian Manley said at a televised news conference.

"My heart goes out to the family of the individual who died & was injured from the explosion on Old Fort Hill Dr.", Austin PD chief Brian Manley stated.

"It's not time to panic", Manley said. In both the March 2 attack and Monday's first explosion, the packages were left overnight on the victims' doorsteps and were not mailed or sent by a delivery service, Manley said. However, he emphasized that investigators have not linked any ideology or victim-targeting to the incidents, which all occurred at residences in different portions of East Austin. When they brought it inside and opened it in the kitchen, the package exploded.

Relatives on the scene identified the woman injured in the third blast as Esperanza Herrera, according to The Washington Post.

The United States Postal Service told police that they reviewed their records, and they can confirm that the package did not come through the postal service.



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