Third package bomb in two weeks explodes in southeast Austin

75-year old woman injured in blast

March 12, 2018 - 12:12 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Just hours after a deadly package explosion in east Austin and a similar fatal incident less than two weeks ago, officials responded just before noon Monday to another explosion - this time on the city's southeast side.

Austin-Travis County EMS says a call came in around 11:49 a.m. Monday morning in the 6700 block of Galindo, near East Riverside and Montopolis. EMS medics report a 75-year old Hispanic female was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. A second patient at the scene, a female in her 80s, was treated by medics for an unrelated medical issue.

In an afternoon briefing, Austin Police Interim Chief Brian Manley said investigators believe this incident is linked in some way to another bomb incident earlier Monday morning and one on March 2. Both of those incidents were fatal, claiming the life of a teenager and a 39-year old man. Chief Manley said the third incident was similar to the previous two incidents, in that the victim was trying to open a package that had been placed on her doorstep.

Officials with APD, Austin Fire, the FBI, the ATF, and Texas state law enforcement are cooperating in the ongoing investigation. At this time, officials do not have an idea of a motive or victimology linking the incidents.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement on the bombings Monday afternoon. "First and foremost, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of these atrocious attacks," said Gov. Abbott. "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. As the investigation continues, the State of Texas will provide any resources necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens, and quickly bring those guilty to justice."

A $15,000 reward is being offered by the Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved in all three incidents.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we get further details.

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