East Austin Package Explosion Kills Teen, Injures Woman

Teen Killed When Packages Explodes at Home Woman Also Injured

However, since the first two victims were black, and the 75-year-old woman was Latina, APD is also not ruling out that the attacks could be classified as hate crimes.

Austin-Travis County EMS said on Twitter that a patient - a woman in her 70s - was taken to a hospital "with serious potentially life threatening injuries".

It's the second exploding package death in the past 10 days in Austin.

Manley said investigators haven't determined a motive for the attacks, but it is possible that the victims could have been targeted because they are black. The packages were not delivered by the postal service or delivery services like UPS or FedEx, he said.

Police were processing the scene at the first Monday explosion when the second occurred.

According to Austin police, they received an "urgent" 911 call just before 6:45 a.m. local time. Neighbors called police after hearing an explosion inside the house. Authorities said earlier that the woman's injuries were life-threatening, but Manley says she'll survive.

"We are having innocent people getting hurt across this community, and it is important we come together as a community to solve this", said Manley.

The first was on March 2 and the second one, earlier this morning.

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The March 2 incident, initially investigated as a suspicious death but now considered a homicide, occurred at a house in the city's wealthy Harris Ridge neighbourhood, about 12 miles northeast of downtown. Manley said hate crime cannot be ruled out because both homes that were recipients of the packages belonged to African-Americans.

"There are similarities that we can not rule out that these two items are, in fact, related", Manley said.

In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott said he's been briefed by the Texas Department of Public Safety on the three blasts that have killed two people and injured two others. In reference to speculation that the bombings were a spate of hate crimes, Manley added that investigators haven't identified a "specific victimology or ideology based on current evidence..."

None of the packages were delivered to their respective locations via any known mail services.

"If you find any suspicious packages on your front porch, at your residence, call 9-1-1". It was taken into the kitchen, where it exploded, Manley said.

"It's not time to panic, but it's time to be vigilant and it's time to pay attention", said Manley.

Local police, as well as agencies including the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are working on the case. The Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect or suspects involved.

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