A third package bomb has gone off in the city of Austin, Texas, wounding a woman who found it on her porch.
In light of this new attack, Austin police are warning residents to beware of any packages arriving at their home. Video of the Austin police chief giving an update on the investigation is below.
Earlier today, a 16-year-old teenager was killed by a package bomb delivered to his home, and a woman with him was badly injured. You can read our coverage of that story here. That followed what was thought to be an isolated incident in which a man was killed by a package bomb on March 2. As police were briefing the media on the second bombing, they received a call about a third package bombing a few miles away.
While police believe the bombings are all likely related, the connection in victims has yet to be discovered. In the first two bombings, the victims were black. In the third bombing, the victim was a Hispanic female.
Package bombs that killed a teenager and wounded two women Monday in Austin are probably linked to a similar bombing that killed a man in the city earlier this month, authorities said, and investigators are considering whether race was a factor because all of the victims were minorities.
The first of Monday’s attacks killed a 17-year-old boy and wounded a 40-year-old woman, both of them black. As Police Chief Brian Manley held a news conference to discuss that blast, officers were called to the scene of another explosion that badly injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman. She was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
Authorities suspect that both of Monday’s blasts are linked to a March 2 attack that killed a 39-year-old black man, and they urged the public to call police if they receive any unexpected packages.
The latest explosions happened during the South by Southwest music, film and technology festival, which brings about 400,000 visitors to Austin each year. The explosions happened far from the festival’s main events, and there was no immediate word from organizers about additional safety precautions.
Four years ago, a driver plowed through a barricade and into festival-goers, killing four people and injuring many others. Additional security measures were taken in the aftermath, including additional policing, tougher security checks and brighter street lighting, among others.
Authorities have been unable to find a link between the three Austin bombings, and the locations offer no obvious connection.
The three explosions occurred in different parts of Austin. Monday’s first explosion happened at a home near the city’s Windsor Park neighborhood and about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the home where the March 2 package bomb killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. His death was initially investigated as suspicious but is now viewed as a homicide.
Monday’s second explosion happened in the Montopolis neighborhood, near the airport and about 5 miles south of the day’s first blast.
Here is video of the press conference over the third Austin bombing.