Police in Austin say a package exploded at a home on the city’s east side on Monday morning, killing one person and seriously injuring another. The explosion is believed to be linked to a package bomb that killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House, who is black, earlier this month.
The Associated Press reports that a 17-year-old black male was killed and a woman in her 40s was taken to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Police say one of the residents went outside and found the package. They brought it in the kitchen and when they opened it, it exploded.
“This is the third in what we believe to be related incidents over the past 10 days,” Police Chief Brian Manley said while briefing reporters near the site of the second explosion. He at first suggested that the blasts could constitute a hate crime, but later amended that to say authorities had not settled on a motive and could not rule anything out.
“We are not ruling anything out at this point,” said Manley, who said the intended targets were not clear since multiple people live in the homes where explosives were placed. “We are willing to investigate any avenue that may be involved.”‘
APD is urging the public not to open or touch any unexpected packages and call police immediately if they receive one.