Austin package bombs: What we know so far

· March 20, 2018  
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Austin, Texas, Police Chief Brian Manley speaks on March 19, 2018, during a press conference about the Austin package bombs. Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP | Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Austin, Texas, area was hit by the fifth package bombing in the past 19 days, setting state authorities into overdrive on a mission to stop the mystery killer (or killers) from continuing the carnage.

The latest blast occurred at a FedEx distribution facility outside San Antonio, where a package detonated at around 12:25 a.m. local time, the FBI announced, resulting in one injury. The package was addressed to a location in Austin, and it also originated in Austin, according to reports.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus added that another suspicious package inside the facility is also being evaluated as a potential bomb. “There was one other package that we believe was also loaded with an explosive device that they are working on right now,” Chief McManus told reporters, adding that forensics experts are working on identifying its contents.

Two people — Anthony Stephan House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17 — have been killed by the bombs and many more injured.

House died on March 2 from injuries he sustained after opening a package, which police say resembled a pipe bomb inside a regular-sized delivery box. He was a senior project manager for Texas Quarries, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Ten days later, Mason was killed by a bomb that went off after he opened one of the explosive-rigged packages at his address. Mason was a talented musician and a gifted academic, according to his friends and teachers.

Police suspect that one individual is behind the series of bombings. For days, they have been urging the package bomber to reach out to authorities, but have yet to communicate with the mystery bomber.

The unfolding situation in Austin has generated a response from the White House.

Additionally, in a meeting Tuesday in the Oval Office, President Trump commented on the series of bombings in the city:

Police and Texas state officials are now offering over $100,000 for information that leads to the bomber’s location.


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for CRTV. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.