The authorities search for the motive for the Austin package bombs
Austin parcel bombs leave 2 dead and 2 wounded. Will Carr has more on the investigation.
The authorities are still looking for suspects in Austin, Texas, after a series of deadly package explosions rocked the city.
The Austin Police Department, with the help of the federal government, is now offering a $50,000 reward in addition to Gov. Greg Abbott $15,000 people with information that leads to an arrest in the bombing.
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Officials on Tuesday Draylen Mason, 17, was killed Monday by an explosive device that was left on his door. His death comes less than two weeks after Anthony Stephan House, 39, was also killed after a “device” exploded on his porch.
A 75-year-old Spanish woman who was injured Monday after opening a package she found outside her home remains in life threatening condition.
Authorities at the scene of an explosion in Austin on Monday, March 12, 2018.
(Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
The explosions are believed to be linked, according to the researchers, and the officials have not ruled out any possible motives.
“We’re not saying terrorism or the hate is in the game, but we certainly have to consider that,” Austin police chief Brian Manley said at a press conference Tuesday.
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The bombing a hate crime, given that the victims are all black or Hispanic, or are they destined for any other reason, since two of the three families that have been affected are reportedly knew each other through the activism in the local black community.
Insight into the Austin package explosions
“I don’t believe in coincidence,” said Nelson Linder, the president of the Austin NAACP, noting that Mason’s grandfather and his friends in a House of the stepfather.
It remains unclear whether there is a connection to a third household where the 75-year-old woman was injured from a package explosion on Monday.
The packaging of the explosives involved in the three incidents were not supplied by the U. S. Postal Service or private carrier, but remained during the night on the sidewalk. Federal law enforcement officials told Fox News the packages are made to look like e-mail.
The police will remain alert for any residents who find a suspicious package to call 911, and send tips to the Austin Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-8477 or Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477.
Re: APD package explosion case: call 911 if you get a suspicious pkg. 50k offered for information that leads to an arrest. @GovAbbott the offer of 15k. The submission of tips to the local Crime Stoppers @CrimeStopATX, 512-472-TIPS (8477) or @TexasCS tip line at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 13, 2018
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI were assisting the Austin Police Department in its investigation.
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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