APD: Don't pick up or open packages you aren't expecting
Mar 13 2018
Two packages delivered to homes in the Austin area exploded on Monday. "We are not calling it a serial bomber case", the police chief confirmed. The Austin Police Departmentsaid they didn't have enough information yet to call it a homicide.
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The festival began Friday in downtown Austin and ends Tuesday.
Manley said federal and local investigators would spend the day Monday analyzing the latest explosions and trying to piece together how the bombs were built.
A package found outside a home in Austin, Tex., exploded early Monday morning after it was brought inside, killing one resident and injuring another.
Investigators said the bombings are probably connected, and they are looking into whether race was a factor because all of the victims were minorities. "We can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this", Manley said. A woman in her 80s was evaluated at the scene but was not taken to the hospital.
On March 2, a man died after a package exploded on the front porch of a home on Haverford Drive. A 17-year-old boy died from his injuries in the blast. He says, "You don't hear that stuff in my neighborhood". She was taken to Dell Seton Medical where she is in stable but critical condition. Today's bombings are similar to a March 2 incident that killed Anthony Stephan House after he opened an unmarked package at his house on Haverford Drive.
In describing the Monday morning blast that killed the teenager, the chief said: "What we understand at this point is that early this morning is that one of the residents went out front and there was a package on the front doorstep".
"We are not going to tolerate this in Austin", he said. Police said they had no indication it was related to terrorism. In at least the first two blasts, the packages were left overnight on the victims' doorsteps and were not mailed or sent by a delivery service. Manley said the woman who was injured in that attack is a 40-year-old woman who remains hospitalized. "Enjoy yourself, have a good time", he said.
Dallas Police and Dallas Marshals responded to a suspicious person call in the 3500 block of Durango Street on Sunday, March 11 around 5:20 p.m.
"We can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this but we are not saying that that is the cause", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told a news conference. This explosion killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason and injured an adult woman.
The explosions came as Austin, the state capital and a metropolis of two million people, welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors for the massive South by Southwest entertainment and media festival.