18.02.19 Mystery Bombing in Texas

March 20, 2018
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Gains National Attention

“We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber.”

Chief Chief Brian Manley, Austin Police Department, Press Conference, March 19, 2018

Backstory: Bombs

  • Austin = Capital city of Texas.
  • 4 separate incidents, killing 2 people in less than a month.
  • Bombs in form of delivered pkg or suspected tripwire.
  • First 3 victims: African-American, Next 3 victims: Different races
  • Police haven’t ruled out hate crime or terrorism.

Flip For Timeline

  • March 2: pkg bomb killed 39-year-old man in Northeast Austin.
  • March 12: pkg bomb killed 17-year-old man & injured his mother in East Austin;A Separate pkg bomb injured 75-year-old woman in Southeast Austin.
  • March 18: 2 yet-to-be identified 20-year-old “anglo” males injured while walking down the street in a residential area of Southwest Austin.

Latest Incident:

March 20: Pkg bomb explodes at a FedEx facility near San Antonio; one employee injured by “concussive force”.

“According to San Antonio media reports, the package detonated around 12:25 a.m. as it traveled on a conveyor belt …the package blasted out metal shrapnel and nails when it exploded.”A Austin Statesman

What You Should Know:

  • FBI & ATF devoting resources to investigation. (Important: No matter where you live, federal tax dollars flowing to solve this crime).
  • Cops consider the tripwire bomb a ‘significant change’ – because of technology & target (seemingly random people).
  • Tripwire use also indicates a level of sophistication, according to law enforcement.

What Now?

Police telling locals to watch for any out-of-place bags, boxes, and backpacks.

Why This Is Hard:

Average American homeowner receives 27 pkgs a year (younger generation receives even more). Nearly 45 million pkgs delivered everyday in U.S.A (Package Guard)

Law enforcement offering $100,000 reward for information leading to arrest of suspect or suspects.

by Jenna Lee,