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.
The United States Postal Service confirmed that none of the packages involved in the attacks was delivered by their carriers or any other traditional delivery service like FedEx, UPS or DHL.
The three explosions occurred in different parts of east Austin, which is east of Interstate 35, the highway that divides the city. But it was not clear how they might be tied to a third household where a package bomb also exploded.
Two people were killed and two others were injured in a series of bomb attacks in Austin, Texas, BNT reported. The festival didn't appear related to the incidents.
As the investigation continued, police received some 265 calls from anxious residents reporting suspicious packages. "You knew that something awful was happening", Reynolds said, adding that the victim's body was riddled with holes as emergency responders took her out of the house and into an ambulance.
"If you see something suspicious, call 911", he said via Twitter.
"As you can imagine with a blast like this, the debris field and the evidence really spread over quite a distance, so there's a meticulous process that we go through to collect all that evidence", Manley told CNN affiliate KXAN.
"I don't want to give the package to my daughter and something happens, and I would regret it for the rest of my life", he told the station. Dixon is friends with Mason's grandfather, according to the newspaper.
Mike Sullivan, a Postal Service spokesman in Austin, said the service has maintained strict security protocols for handling risky packages since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. But they also said they have not ruled out any possible motive. And while letter carries are not adjusting their routine in Austin while the serial bomber remains at large, he said they are well aware of what's happening.
The teenager killed yesterday morning on Oldfort Hill Road was Draylen Mason, who attended East Austin College Prep.
"One of the key things we're trying to understand is is there a connection between all of these victims", Manley said. Two people have died within 10 days from opening a package that then exploded once opened. During news conferences following two separate explosions on Monday, Manley urged residents not to open those packages and to call police directly.
The latter explosion occurred after the 75-year-old found a package on her porch.
In the Monday afternoon case, the device exploded immediately after the elderly woman picked up the package.
But the chief did say "these are very powerful devices" and "there's a certain level of skill required to move a device like this". "With three reported explosions in the Austin area, I want to urge all Texans to report any suspicious or unexpected packages arriving by mail to local law enforcement authorities".
Manley said the three boxes were similar - plain cardboard packaging without standard shipping labels.
Residents seemed to be listening. He warned residents, however, to look for any kind of suspicious packages, just in case the bomber changes his tactics.
"It could have been me", Nguyen said. She said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was leading the federal investigation.
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