An Austin teenager was killed and a woman was injured early Monday when a package left on their doorstep exploded, marking the second deadly package explosion in the Texas capital in two weeks.
Investigators are now attempting to determine whether the Monday blasts are related to the explosion that killed a 39-year-old Austin man March 2.
In the wake of the recent explosions in Austin that have taken the life of two people and seriously injuring two others, San Antonio police Chief William McManus is urging the community to call officers if they see a suspicious package. In the case that residents are confronted with such a package, Manley instructed people to call 911 immediately.
"There are similarities that we can not rule out that these two items are, in fact, related", Manley said.
The twin bombings followed an initial blast on March 2, when a 39-year-old man was killed - also after opening a parcel bomb.
"It's not time to panic, but it's time to be vigilant and it's time to pay attention, it's time to come together as a city and solve this", Manley said.
The police chief declined to discuss the construction of the explosive device or what specific elements make it look similar to the earlier one.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Monday it was dispatching members of its National Response Team (NRT) to help respond to the explosions.
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The Austin Police Department will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. CT. All three explosions were from packages left on the front porches of homes. He said the U.S. Postal Service doesn't have a record of delivering the package to the home where Monday's explosion occurred, and that private carriers like UPS and FedEx also indicated that they had none, either.
He warned residents to watch out for boxes left outside their homes and to report anything suspicious to police.
"We're not ruling anything out at this point", Manley said.
Joanna Samarripa, who lives around the corner, said she saw a woman slumped in the doorway of the home after rushing over moments after the explosion. The victim in the latest incident is Hispanic, Manley said.
The investigation into that explosion was "still very active", a police department employee said in a phone call.
Austin police have evacuated nearby homes and brought bomb-sniffing dogs to investigate the area. Per CNN, Austin Police have determined that the targeted properties are all owned by African-Americans, and they're therefore trying to determine whether these are a hate crimes.
"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".