A 4th bombing in Austin has injured two people and police believe it might be connected to three explosions earlier this month, which left two people dead and two injured. Police said the latest explosion might have been triggered by a tripwire, unlike the previous 3 bombings, where exploding packages were left on people’s doorsteps.
Chief of Police Brian Manley stated at a press briefing, “This is going to be a very preliminary briefing. This event is still unfolding, it’s still an active scene. We had a report of an explosion and what we have right now is a scene where it is obvious that an explosion has taken place.”
Police responded to reports of an explosion around 8:30 pm on Sunday night in southwest Austin. Two victims were taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Manley said that the most recent victims were both white, while the victims of the previous bombings were Black or Latino. However, police are still considering the possibility that the bombings are racially motivated.
The first bombing killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House, a senior manager at a local quarry. A later bombing killed 17-year-old Draylen Mayson, a talented bass player who had been accepted into UT’s school of music.
The police and FBI will continue to process the scene but they say they have no leads pointing toward one specific suspect.