During the press conference for the Oldfort Hill explosion, police said they could not rule out a hate crime motive. That blast wounded a 75-year-old Hispanic woman, who was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Investigators quickly realised that the bombings strongly resembled a March 2 case involving a package that exploded and killed a man in his northeast Austin home.
Investigators said the bombings are probably connected, and they are not ruling out the possibility of them being hate-related due to all of the victims' races.
Manley said the bombings posed no threat to the festival, but he urged visitors to remain vigilant.
The chief said authorities did not have a description of suspects or suspected vehicles. "If you find any suspicious packages on your front porch, at your residence, call 911".
"We do know that both of the homes that were the recipients of these packages belonged to African Americans, so we can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this, but we're not saying that that's the cause", Manley said. Boulevard. The boy's mother was also injured in the blast.
In describing the Monday morning blast that killed the teenager, the chief said: "What we understand at this point is that early this morning is that one of the residents went out front and there was a package on the front doorstep".
That woman's injuries were not life-threatening, he said. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
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Rick Hahn, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent and counterterrorism consultant, said investigators would probably take a close look at the components used in each bomb to see whether any unique parts can be traced back to a seller or manufacturer, which might lead authorities to the killer or killers. The postal inspector is also assisting, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety's K-9 team.
BE THE FIRST TO KNOW: When big news breaks, we send Breaking News emails. "His eyes were open but he looked glazed over", Philips said. They said additional resources are available to help determine whether such packages are safe.
Police told the Austin American-Statesman that nothing suspicious was found regarding any of the calls.
The Post could not immediately learn, though, whether the other two packages were addressed to the homes that received them, or whether they had any markings at all.
The March 2 blast that killed House was reported about 6:55 a.m.in the 1000 block of Haverford Drive. They suspect the same person is responsible for the 3 incidents and are analyzing the type of explosives.
"We do know that both of the homes that were the recipients of these packages belong to African Americans, so we can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this, but we are not saying that that's the cause", he said.
"We're just acknowledging and we're looking at any possible motivations that would link these two cases together so that we can put this case together, understanding the victimology and who might these individuals had known and had in common", Manley said.