After three exploding packages left two dead and several injured in Austin, the city’s chief of police is urged residents not to open suspicious or unexpected packages.
Monday, two packages at two different locations exploded within hours of each other, killing a 17-year-old boy and severely injuring two others. A 39-year-old man was killed by a similar mail bomb on Friday, March 2.
All three bombs were left outside the residents’ houses, but were not delivered by the US Postal Service, UPS or FedEx.
Austin police believe the incidents are related and may be racially motivated. They are warning all residents of Austin to use caution. “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,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.
.@chief_manley advising everyone in Austin to be cautious if they receive a package 📦 and weren’t expecting one. If you see something suspicious please dial 9-1-1 so we can send officers out to assist you. #safety #austinpd #atx pic.twitter.com/hA7Tv0bT0E
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018
“The boy went out to his front porch, picked a package up and brought it into the kitchen with his mom. It blew up, killing him … Police are not ruling out this as a potential hate crime. Two of the victims were black, and one was Hispanic.” reported Glenn on the show today. He added, “Austin police are warning people’don’t touch any suspicious packages. How many times do you come home and there’s packages on your doorstep … we get so many things, I don’t know what the h** it is!”
Watch the video clip at the top of the page to learn more.