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TEXAS BOMBINGS: No major developments in Austin package bombings
March 22 2018, 05:49 | Irvin Gilbert
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"We are not ruling anything out at this point", Police Chief Brian Manley said at a televised news conference. His mother is in stable condition. The east side has historically been more heavily minority and less wealthy than Austin's west side, although that has changed as gentrification has raised home prices and rents everywhere. A second blast killed a 17-year-old teenager and a third one wounded a 75-year-old woman. The teenager has not been formally identified by police, though they say that could come Tuesday. The devices were essentially pipe bombs rigged to explode upon opening, the source said.
A second package was discovered near the site of the initial Monday explosion, and some residents and media members were evacuated or pushed farther from the blast site as authorities determined whether it was a bomb, Manley said.
Investigators say they believe the incidents are related, and residents have responded anxiously in the past day.
Nervous residents of Austin have called police more than 150 times as of Tuesday morning to report suspicious packages following a series of package explosions that left two people dead and several injured.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley is defending his department's statements that initially downplayed the first of three package bombs that went off in the city as an isolated incident.
"I don't want to give the package to my daughter and something happens, and I would regret it for the rest of my life", he told the station.
Dixon said he used to be the pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, which the Masons attend, and he and Norman Mason were longtime friends and fraternity brothers. Adler said it is still too early to know the motive.
Manley said police continue searching to see if there is any ideology that could have motivated the attack. But Manley described them as "not particularly large". The explosion killed a 39-year-old Austin man. Once the package was opened, it exploded. Two people have died and two others were seriously injured in the blasts. It is also less true on the city's northern outskirts, closer to where the first explosion occurred and where major firms like Dell, Apple and Samsung have sprawling complexes. When she picked up the package, it detonated. "There is a certain level of skill required to put a device like this together successfully".
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned all Texans to be cautious.
Three package bombs left on doorsteps in suburban neighborhoods have exploded in less than two weeks in Texas' capital city, killing two people, wounding two others and leaving investigators searching for any possible explanation or motive. "Call 911 immediately if you receive something suspicious", he said on Twitter. "If there's any doubt in your mind at all, they should leave the package alone, they should call 911 and let somebody else decide whether what they're looking at is worth exploring".
Residents seemed to be listening. Irving police's bomb squad assisted with their equipment in handling the package.
"I took a walking stick and from behind my door, I cautiously tumbled the box over to bring up the label, where I could verify it was addressed to me and from the expected shipper", Mathis said.
Local police as well as the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working on the case.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said his office is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the "atrocious attacks".
Manley, asked on television Tuesday morning about the ties between the two victims who were killed, said police were "going to look into ... if there is any connection there that would be relevant to the investigation".