Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Package explosions in Austin connected, police believe — TIMELINE

Package explosions in Austin connected, police believe — TIMELINE

But the blasts happened far from the main events and concert venues.

"One of the residents went out front, and there was a package on the front doorstep", Manley said.

Investigators said the bombings are probably connected, and they are looking into whether race was a factor because all of the victims were minorities.

Neighbors described house-rattling experiences.

Austin police are issuing a warning to people who see packages outside of their home.

"Given the fact these people are people of color, that definitely gets people's attention", he said. She was at work but quickly contacted her parents, who told her they saw the victim in the yard covered in glass and covering her face with her hands. They appeared to be "average-sized delivery boxes, not exceptionally large", Manley said.

"It's really scary and hits really close to home", Castillo said.

The police department tweeted the figure Tuesday. But, he said, investigators weren't going to rule that out as a motive; nor would they rule out terrorism. Each of them is miles away from the others.

Residents seemed to be listening.

"What caused this in these instances was a suspicious package that no one was suspecting or expecting", Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CNN Tuesday.

Trey Mathis checked to see if there was an address label on one that arrived. "I resolved to post the picture onto social media (Instagram, then to Twitter and Facebook) to alert the USPS, if possible".

The attacks occurred amid the South By Southwest music festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Austin each March.

"Enjoy yourself. Have a good time", he said.

"Safety is and always has been a top priority for SXSW", a festival spokesperson said.

"The substantial security operation already in place for SXSW has been instructed to be extra vigilant", a festival spokesperson said in a statement.

A package was left in north Austin on the front porch of the home of Anthony Stephan House, 39, where it detonated, killing House. She was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening wounds. The 17-year-old also played for the charter school's orchestra, the Austin Soundwaves.

Osemene said that he would always remember the young man's smile.

The first explosion happened on Friday, March 2 at 6:55 1112 Haverford Drive.

Hours later, police were called to the scene of yet another explosion involving the opening of a packing. "There's a certain level of skill required to move a device like this".

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned all Texans to be cautious. Still, Manley urged Austin residents to call 911 if they receive any unwanted packages that look suspicious.

A 17-year-old African-American boy died on Monday when he found a package outside his house in east Austin and brought it into the kitchen, where it exploded, Manley said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other US agencies are helping local police link the bombs to a suspect.

The ATF is processing evidence from the first device at its lab and evidence from the second device will also be sent to an ATF lab for consistency. Gov. Greg Abbott offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"We need to be aware because "South by" could be a target for something similar", said Trent Koch, 22, a Colorado State University student who is taking part.

At a news conference this afternoon, he said police thought the bomb may have been planted in retaliation for a raid on a drug house in the neighborhood three days earlier. The police have not said there is a connection.

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