3rd Time This Month
AUSTIN, TX (CBSDFW.COM) –Austin police say that today’s second explosion, and third of the month, is similar to two other previous incidents that happened in that city. The first was on March 2 and the second one, earlier this morning.
The latest victim was identified as a 75-year-old Hispanic female. Manley said she was in critical but stable condition.
The explosion happened in the 6700 block of Galindo Street. Another woman in her 80s experienced an unrelated medical issue, but did not require hospitalization.
“If you know anything about these attacks we are asking that you let us know. We are having innocent people get hurt across this community and it is important that we come together as a community and solve this,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley at a briefing Monday afternoon.
“On the first one we did believe it was an isolated incident,” continued Manley. “We had nothing that made us believe in that moment that it was part of anything larger than an isolated incident. Standing here today, having had the two incidents that we have had today and being able to do an initial review of the evidence we have, we do believe these are related.”
Manley addressed the style of the device without specifics. “There is a certain level of skill that is required to put a device like this together successfully and then to have it detonate in the manner in which these are and cause the significant injuries and death that they have,” said Manley.
Manley acknowledged that there were many visitors in town for the South By Southwest Festival and he addressed those concerns.
“It’s not time to panic, but it’s time to be vigilant and it’s time to pay attention,” said Manley. “It’s time to pull together as a city and as a community and solve this. We need the community’s participation: If you see a suspicious package on your porch or somebody else’s, let us know.”
As with the previous two incidents, Manley said that officials do not believe that the package at this latest location was delivered by U.S. Mail or any other delivery services.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement on the package bombings and offered a $15,000 reward in the case:
“First and foremost, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of these atrocious attacks,” said Governor Abbott. “I want to assure all Texans, and especially those in Austin, that local, state and federal law enforcement officials are working diligently to find those responsible for these heinous crimes. As the investigation continues, the State of Texas will provide any resources necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens, and quickly bring those guilty to justice.”
To be eligible for a cash reward of up to $15,000, tips must be submitted to Texas Crime Stoppers using one of the following methods:
Call the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) Text the letters “DPS”- followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) Submit a web tip through the website Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App
All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous regardless of submission type.
APD responding to a reported explosion in the 6700 block of Galindo Street. The incident number is 180710681. The call came in as a nature unknown urgent at 11:50 this morning. PIO is en route and will tweet briefing time and location once determined. NOI
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018
Authorities were already investigating a package which exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday, killing a teenager and injuring a woman.
Prior to reports of the third explosion, Chief Brian Manley of the Austin Police Department sent tweets Monday expressing his condolences to the teen’s family while issuing a warning to residents to not open packages that they are not expecting or look suspicious.
🚨If you receive a package that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, DO NOT open it, call 911 immediately. RT- Help us spread this message. 🚨 https://t.co/j9bxbaaBce
— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 12, 2018Read More...