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Police: No motive in Austin package bombings

Austin police are still searching for a unique motive behind the series of package explosions left on people’s doorsteps.

The police is on high alert in Austin, Texas, after a series of package deliveries are at least two dead and several others injured after an explosion rocked their homes.

The first explosion on March 2, killing the 39-year-old Anthony Stephan’s House after a “device” exploded on the porch of his Austin home. The explosion was investigated in initially as a suspicious death, and later as a murder.

Ten days later a similar incident was reported at only 12 km from the home. A 17-year-old, who as Draylen Mason, was killed and his mother was injured after a package exploded at their home.

Hours after the second explosion occurred, police reported a third explosion, confirmed that at least one elderly woman was injured.

Austin police chief Brian Manley announced on March 18 press conference that the department, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were offering $100,000 — up from the previous reward of $50,000 for anyone giving information leading to an arrest in the case.

The six-figure reward was in addition to a separate reward of $15,000 offered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

Manley said the researchers are now of the opinion that the package bombing — which officials previously said were believed to be racially charged — “were meant to send a message.”

The police chief said: “we want to listen to” who is behind the attacks, in order to “understand what brought you to this point.”

The explosions were believed to be linked, according to researchers, officials said that they do not exclude all possible motives, including a possible hate crime, taking into account all of the victims are black or Latino. Two of the three families that have been affected are reportedly knew each other through the activism in the local black community.

Here is a timeline of the deadly package explosions shake Austin — and what the police advise residents as they continue to investigate the three incidents.

March 12

6:45 pm

Austin Police got a call about an explosion in a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city, after a 17-year-old resident found a package on the front step, brought it inside and opened it in the kitchen, where it exploded.

9:30 pm

Authorities confirm a teen is dead and a woman in her 40s was seriously injured after a package exploded at a home in Austin, the highlight of the second explosion in the city within two weeks.

Police say the teen died at the scene, while the woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The FBI has to help Austin police with the investigation.

10:45 pm

The Austin Police department holds a press conference near where the second package bombardment has taken place.

APD briefing on explosion in the 4800 block of Old Fort Hill Drive. https://t.co/gY2yyu5aOY

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018

10:50 pm

The authorities say that they believe that the parcel bomb death of the teenager, and the wounded of the woman is linked to the deadly package sent to home to Home, earlier this month, because they were both left on the front door and not delivered by an e-mail service.

Manley said the U. S. Postal Service does not have a record of delivering a package to the Austin house where the explosion occurred Monday.

The police re-arrange the House of the death as a “murder-investigation, instead of a suspicious death,” as the two incidents may be related.

Manley said the researchers hope to collect surveillance video and the evidence of nearby properties to identify a suspect.

“We are working with a canvas of the neighborhood now,” Manley says.

11:50 am

Another explosion was reported in the Montopolis neighborhood, located southeast of downtown Austin.

The Austin Police Department confirms police are reponding to an “urgent” call.

12:08 pm

Austin-Travis County EMS officials declare a “trauma alert,” announces they are the transport of at least one patient to the hospital after an explosion reported.

12:16 pm

Austin-Travis County EMS confirmed in a tweet that a woman in her 70s has “serious, potentially life-threatening” injuries. A second woman from that address had a non-related medical issue and was not taken to the hospital.

UPDATE2 reported explosion 6700blk Galindo St (1149): CORRECTION to 1st patient ~70 female and was transported to Dell Seton Medical Seton with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries, 2nd patient ~80 woman with a non-related medical problem. More information to follow.

— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) March 12, 2018

2:45 pm

The police hold a press briefing to update reporters on a third blast in Austin.

2:50 pm

The police identify the victim of the third bombardment as a 75-year-old Spanish woman, who is currently in “critical, but stable condition.”

Based on evidence gathered at the scene, the police say that they believe in the third incident is related to the previous two, in which the package of the bombs.

“We don’t have a specific victimology … at this point, we are willing to explore any avenue that may be involved behind these attacks,” Manley says.

Manley says it is not yet clear whether the victims were intended targets,” but asks the community to be vigilant.

“We have innocent people getting hurt in the whole community,” he adds.

2 march

6:55 pm

Austin police receive reports of an explosion and finding of a critically-injured House. The 39-year-old victim was transported to the nearby Round Rock Hospital.

Anthony Stephan House, died after a device exploded on the porch of his Austin, Texas home.

(Austin Police Department)

7:48.m

The house is declared dead in the hospital nearly an hour later. The authorities announce House of the death is being investigated as “suspicious.”

10:45 pm

The Austin Police department holds a press conference in the House of the neighborhood.

APD briefing on explosion in the 1100 block of Haverford Dr. https://t.co/jLZDDTHe9k

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 2, 2018

10:50 pm

Austin police say they have determined that the device is in a package, and are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to reconstruct the item and learning that may have made.

“Now, we are trying to determine how the packet pick up, and who was the victim? We are of the opinion that this was addressed to someone. We are still trying to figure out, or that the person who is deceased or not,” Assistant Chief Joseph Chacon with the Austin Police department tells reporters at a press conference.

Police say that it is an isolated incident and that there is no continuing threat to the community”, adding that there is no reason to believe that it is terror-related.

“Always when we have a bomb go off when someone dies, the first thing people think about is terrorism. Although we do not completely rule out at this point, we do not believe that terrorism is a motive in this death,” said Chacon.

The house also had to deal with earlier allegations in Travis County, according to Fox 7.

The police warns residents to beware of suspicious packages

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 were made to look like e-mail.

?If you receive a package you are not expecting or looks suspicious, do NOT open, call 911 immediately. RT – Help us spread this message. ? https://t.co/j9bxbaaBce

— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 12, 2018

If you see or receive a suspicious package, do NOT touch or handle it. 9-1-1 call immediately so that we can get officers to help you. #AustinPD #ATX #Security pic.twitter.com/eScYLxpbfD

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 17, 2018

More than 500 law enforcement officials have investigated more than 400 possible leads in the case, Manley said March 18.

The police warned the residents that any suspicious packages to call 911, and send tips to the Austin Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-8477 or Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Travis Fedschun, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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