Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

The chief said authorities did not have a description of suspects or suspected vehicles.

An ABC affiliate in Austin reported that the original call was made at 6:44 a.m. on Monday. When they brought it inside and opened it in the kitchen, the package exploded.

Authorities now investigating 3 package explosions. The blast was powerful enough to blew out walls at the home's entryway.

He said that the US Postal Service didn't have a record of delivering the package to the East Austin home where Monday's explosion occurred and that private carriers like UPS and FedEx also indicated they had none either.

In the second Monday explosion, the package exploded when the elderly woman picked up the package, the chief said.

Manley said she was facing "life-threatening injuries".

Joanna Samarripa, who lives around the corner, said she saw a woman slumped in the doorway of the home after rushing over moments after the explosion.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the 6700 block of Galindo Street in Southeast Austin at 11:49 a.m. local time. Monday's first explosion happened at a home near the city's Windsor Park neighborhood and about 12 miles from the home where the March 2 package bomb killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. The Austin Fire Department tweeted it was another package explosion.

"This is the third in what we believe to be related incidents over the past 10 days", Manley said while briefing reporters near the site of Monday's second explosion.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley warned residents to avoid opening unexpected packages. A woman also was injured in the Monday morning blast.

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The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms said a national response team would join Austin police in the investigation. Manley said the package was placed on the front step of the home.

Detectives are linking the incidents to a similar bombing in the city earlier in March, in which a 39-year-old man was killed. Police now classify it as a homicide.

Police say their investigation of deadly package bombings at two Austin homes will try to determine if a hate crime was involved because the victims in both cases were black.

Manley did not rule out the possibility that the victims were targeted over their race.

"We will leave no stone unturned because we are not going to continue to let this go on in our city", Manley added.

Authorities had said they believe the first two explosions are linked. "We don't know what the motive behind these may be", Manley said.

"...in which case it would be an accidental death so that's why we're not calling it a homicide yet", said Chacon. "We have innocent people getting hurt across this community".

Sheriff AJ Louderback on the bombings that occurred in Austin neighborhoods and what law enforcement plans to do to stop the next explosion.

Likewise, he urged the thousands of visitors in town - many at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals - to be cautious.

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