Fifth package bomb strikes Texas amid 'serial-bomber' fears

21 March 2018, 03:29 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Police in Austin Texas are investigating a series of deadly bombings in recent weeksMore

Police in Austin Texas are investigating a series of deadly bombings in recent weeksMore

FBI agents investigate the scene at a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas.

Police and the bomb squad also responded to a suspicious package call at another FedEx depot, this time next to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

"We've been scanning for an unknown package and stuff like that already so now I think we'll be even more anxious about wires", she told the Guardian.

March 20, 2018: Sixth explosion reported in southwest Austin.

As police were investigating this morning bomb, another blast would injure an elderly Hispanic woman in southeastern Austin. A male in his 30s was transferred to St. David's South Austin with potentially serious injuries although not expected to be life-threatening.

Investigators are trying to determine whether an explosion early Tuesday at a FedEx facility outside San Antonio is connected to four explosions that have rattled the Austin, Texas, area this month.

Steve Gomez, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge and current ABC News contributor, said that the investigating agencies are likely proceeding with the expectation that all five incidents are connected.

"We're very concerned that with tripwires, a child could be walking down a sidewalk and hit something", Christopher Combs, FBI agent in charge of the bureau's San Antonio division, said in an interview.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the parcel bomb that exploded in the distribution center in Schertz was mailed from Austin and addressed to an Austin home.

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The first two bombs killed Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old black man on 2 March and Draylen Mason, a 17-year-old African-American teenager on 12 March.

Authorities say a serial bomber's likely to blame for the four explosions in Austin and likely linked to the latest explosion outside San Antonio.

Investigators believe the Austin bombings are related, Manley said, "because of some of the specific components of these devices".

In a statement, FedEx officials said the same person responsible for sending the package also shipped a second parcel that has been secured and turned over to law enforcement.

An FBI spokeswoman, agent Michelle Lee, says it is still early in the investigation into the early Tuesday bombing at the FedEx facility in Schertz, which left one worker with minor injuries.

How the fourth and fifth bombings complicated the investigation.

Discussing the serial bombing case with the Austin City Council on Tuesday, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley was asked about reports that the Schertz package had originated in southern Austin.

Emergency vehicles in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded today in Schertz, Texas. However, they did not provide any other additional information on who exactly the package was meant for. Austin police confirm they are investigating after a call came in at 6:19 a.m. Deputies from the Travis County Sheriff's Office are also on scene, as well as members of the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS.

Authorities say the package that exploded at a FedEx ground facility near San Antonio was on a conveyer belt when it detonated. The agent said that "it's more than possible" that this package is related to the explosions that have occurred in Austin in recent days.



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