Two package bomb blasts a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two women in Austin on Monday, less than two weeks after a similar attack left a man dead in another part of the city. Austin-Travis County EMS tweeted that the woman is in her 70s and was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
The first explosion killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House on March 2, CBS News reported.
"Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday that investigators hope to collect surveillance video from nearby homes to identify a suspect".
"We are looking at these incidents as being related based on similarities that we have seen and the initial evidence that we have on hand here", Manley said. Police were investigating that incident as a suspicious death, but have now reclassified the case and are investigating it as a homicide.
Manley noted that "we don't know the motive behind these" events though he said that all three of the homes involved in blasts today and on March 2 blast had African-American residents.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday it was dispatching members of its National Response Team (NRT) to help respond to the explosions.
Abbott says he wants to assure Texans, especially those in the Austin area, "that local, state and federal law enforcement officials are working diligently to find those responsible for these heinous crimes".
Further details about the second explosion weren't immediately released.
Monday's second explosion - the cause of which was still being investigated - happened in the Montopolis neighborhood, near the airport and about five miles south of the day's first blast. Boulevard. Manley said one of the residents had taken a package from the front porch inside and it exploded when they tried to open it in the kitchen.
Police said people can call 911 if they believe they have received a suspicious or unexpected package left at their homes. The U.S. Postal Service confirmed to investigators that the packages did not come through their facilities, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Manley said she was in critical but stable condition.
A teenager was killed and a woman was injured after a package exploded at an Austin home on March 12, 2017.
"We are not going to tolerate this in Austin", Manley said while briefing reporters on the explosion.
"Our advice at this point is that if you get a package from someone that you don't know who it is, if it doesn't look like it's from a company but a random package, do not open it, call us and let us look at it", McManus said.