Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

TIMELINE: Package explosions in Austin connected, police believe

TIMELINE: Package explosions in Austin connected, police believe

Original report: A teenager was killed and a woman was injured early Monday in East Austin after a second package exploded in the city in the past two weeks, authorities said.

The first case, which killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House, was initially ruled a suspicious death.

Authorities urged the public to call police if they receive any unexpected packages.

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

McManus said San Antonio residents can do themselves a favor by being vigilant and reporting any packages that seem suspicious to them. Per CNN, Austin Police have determined that the targeted properties are all owned by African-Americans, and they're therefore trying to determine whether these are a hate crimes. "They brought that package inside the residence and as they opened that package, both victims were in the kitchen, and the package exploded, causing the injuries that resulted in the young man's death and the injuries to the adult female". Manley said the woman who was injured in that attack is a 40-year-old woman who remains hospitalized. The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are jointly investigating the incidents with APD. A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman in her 40s was seriously injured.

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.

Dallas Police have arrested a burglary suspect who officers said they found removing items from a vacant home in one of the neighborhoods evacuated due to gas line replacements and repairs.

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The investigation into that explosion was "still very active", a police department employee said in a phone call.

Emergency personnel from Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin police and fire responded to the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive at 6:44 a.m., EMS officials said.

Manley said the packages are "average sized delivery boxes, not exceptionally large" that the residents found outside their houses.

"Enjoy yourself. Have a good time", he said.

It is the second deadly package explosion in Austin this month.

In the two previous fatal incidents, the packages were also left at the doorstep of the home apparently in the overnight hours and opened by the resident in the early morning hours, Manley said. She was taken to Dell Seton Medical where she is in stable but critical condition.

The third explosion happened around noon on Monday, sending a woman in her 70s to the hospital with "serious potentially life threatening injuries", the Express-News reported. Though he did not say festival goers should be overly anxious, he stressed the importance of "if you see something, say something".

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