A Monday explosion that critically injured a 75-year-old woman and a second package bomb that killed a 17-year-old male in an earlier Monday blast appear to be connected to a March 2 explosion that killed a 39-year-old man in Austin, Texas, city Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday at a news conference.
“Based on evidence that we have… these incidents are related,” Manley said at a briefing.
Monday’s twin blasts came 10 days after a package on the front porch of a northeast Austin home exploded on March 2, killing 39-year-old Anthony Stephan.
Authorities responded to a package explosion early Monday morning at a home on the east side of Austin and found a 17-year-old male and an adult woman.
The teen died, while the woman was taken to the hospital with injuries, and police said they were investigating that incident as a homicide, reports The Washington Post.
Five hours later, another explosion was reported in the city’s southeast region. An elderly woman was taken to an area hospital “with serious potentially life-threatening injuries,” according to the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service.
"These [packages] are not coming through the United States Postal Service that we've determined at this point," official says on two deadly package explosions in Austin, Texas. https://t.co/fd4bcvtMyn pic.twitter.com/2OKsTpDVQf
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Authorities are looking into whether the incidents could be hate crimes, but as of now there is no evidence the victims were targeted because of their race, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.
Police are now warning the community to be aware of any packages that aren’t expected, or are from someone unexpected or any that give cause for concern. Instead, police say to call 911.