Two People Killed By Package Bombs In Austin

Police in Austin search for motive after string of explosions leave 2 dead, 2 seriously injured

Police are investigating that incident as a suspicious death. A 17-year-old boy died from injuries sustained in the blast. Monday's first explosion happened at a home near the city's Windsor Park neighborhood and about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the home where the March 2 package bomb killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House. Police have not yet released the victims's names. 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..."

It is not clear whether or not the victims were the intended recipients of the explosive packages, but earlier Monday, prior to the third explosion, Manley said he is not limiting the scope of the investigation.

Joanna Samarripa, who lives around the corner, said she saw a woman slumped in the doorway of the home after rushing over moments after the explosion.

The explosion happened hours after a package bombing a few miles away that killed a teenager and seriously injured a woman.

Fifteen-year-old Isaiah Guerrero, who lives on the street behind where the most recent blast occurred, says the explosion shook him and his house. "It's so tragic", Daniel Sledge, one of House's neighbors, recently told KEYE. A woman in her 80s was evaluated at the scene but was not taken to the hospital.

"What we understand at this point is that earlier this morning, residents went out front, and there was a package on the front doorstep". The victims in both incidents were African-American, and authorities say they are not ruling out the possibility that these are hate crimes.

The FBI field office in San Antonio also said it was assisting Austin police with the investigation.

He says there's now no other evidence indicating a hate crime beyond the victims' race.

A woman has been badly injured, according to the Associated Press. Manley said she was in critical but stable condition.

A 39-year-old man was killed in the March 2 attack.

A pair of package explosions that left two people dead in Austin, Texas, over the past 10 days share similarities and authorities suspect they are connected, police said.

"There are similarities that we can not rule out that these two items are, in fact, related", said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. "They brought that package inside the residence and as they opened that package, both victims were in the kitchen and the package exploded causing the injuries that resulted in the young man's death and the injuries to the adult female", Manley said today.

The incident marks the second such explosion this month at a home in Texas' capital city.

The three explosions occurred in different parts of Austin.

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