THREE separate package explosions have killed a 17-year-old male, 39-year-old man, and sent a 75-year-old woman to the hospital in critical condition. The two males were African-American.
The deadly explosions occurred when the residents went to retrieve the packages left outside of their homes. The packages were not delivered by the post office or any parcel delivery service, which means they were deliberately left to maim and/or kill the occupants.
Police Chief Brian Manley warns residents not to open packages that they are not expecting and to contact local authorities if they come across suspicious packages. He explains the incident that caused the death of the 17-year-old boy.
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. 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.
If you've received a package that has been left on your doorstep or left in your yard or left on your driveway that you were not expecting or that was not from someone you know, then give us a call.
Manley expressed that the police believe the three explosions are connected and aren't discounting the incidents as hate crimes.
The evidence makes us believe these incidents are related. We cannot rule out that hate crime is at the core of this but we are not saying that that is the cause. We're not ruling anything out at this point.
Although Austin police are say they have no indication of motive and show no signs that the blasts were related to terrorism, social media is abuzz claiming the incidents are clear acts of domestic terrorism.