Published: Tue, March 13, 2018

Teen dies in third package bombing in Austin, Texas

Teen dies in third package bombing in Austin, Texas

Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that an explosion Monday in southeast Austin injured a woman in her 70s, who has been hospitalized. No one else was injured in the explosion. 'Cause the next thing I knew, I saw ambulance with my neighbor on the stretcher.

Still, he said, people are "very concerned and feel very vulnerable".

Manley told CBS News that the explosions aren't just happening when people pick them up.

Authorities are investigating whether the explosion is linked to a similar blast on March 2 that killed a 39-year-old man. The first happened in Central East Austin at a home where a suspicious package was left on the doorstep of a single-family residence. Police say the explosions are related.

Fifteen-year-old Isaiah Guerrero, who lives on the street behind where the most recent blast occurred, says the explosion shook him and his house.

McManus said in a news conference he has been in contact with Manley, who shared that Austin PD has been receiving a lot of calls from people across the city reporting suspicious packages. Mayor Steve Adler, City Manager Spencer Cronk, and members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation joined Manley for today's press conference, though only Manley spoke. Manley said the woman who was injured in that attack is a 40-year-old woman who remains hospitalized. Both packages exploded as the residents opened them inside. He said his office has not ruled out terrorism.

Monday's first blast happened at a home in Springdale Hills, a leafy neighborhood of houses mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. Boulevard, an explosion was reported.

In all three cases, he said, the packages did not appear to have gone through the Postal Service or private carriers such as UPS but were left on doorsteps without a knock or ringing of doorbells.

Mr Manley told reporters after the latest blast on Monday: "Based on evidence that we have at this scene, as well as at the other two scenes where we've had these explosions, this evidence makes us believe that these incidents are related".

However, a motive in the three incidents remains unclear at this time. "He says there's now no other evidence indicating a hate crime beyond the victims' race", the AP reports. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said all three explosions seem to be related at this point and they aren't ruling anything out in the investigation.

Manley said both packages were sent to homes of black residents, "so we can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this".

On March 2, a man died after a package exploded on the front porch of a home on Haverford Drive. Manley is urging the community to come forward with any information.

Manley added that it is best not to manipulate the suspicious packages because anything could trigger them to detonate.

Manley said that police could not rule out a hate crime as the cause of the bombing, though he warned that police had not yet identified any ideology or connection between the victims.

Manley said local and federal law enforcement agencies would ensure "every stop would be pulled out" to solve the cases.

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement condemning the explosions and is offering a $15,000 reward to anyone with information that may lead to an arrest.

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