UPDATE 2: Serial Bomber Dead,
Austin Police and FBI urge public to remain vigilant—there may be more packages out there.
UPDATE: Austin police say emergency personnel are responding to another reported explosion, this one at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city. At least one person was injured.
March 20, 2018 Surveillance footage captured at a FedEx facility near Austin’s main airport may show the suspect police believe is responsibile for a string of bombings in Texas since March 2.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said he has been briefed by the FBI, ATF and Austin police about the situation. McCaul said investigators are combing through surveillance recordings.
A second bomb was found at a second FedEx distribution facility on Tuesday near Austin’s main airport. McCaul says evidence obtained from that package if kept intact could be key in finding the bomber.
Since March 2, four explosions in Austin have killed two people and injured multiple others prompted police to issue a warning of a “serial bomber” to Austin residents. A fifth package exploded on Tuesday just after midnight at a FedEx facility northeast of San Antonio.
Austin police determined the first three package bombs were related. Investigators suspected the bombings may have been hate crimes because the targets were African American and Hispanic. But a fourth bomb, described by authorities as more sophisticated exploded on the side of the road Sunday evening in a predominantly white neighborhood in southwest Austin. Police say the fourth explosive may have been triggered by a tripwire.
A law enforcement official said that the first package that exploded at a FedEx outside of San Antonio was addressed to Austin and was believed to be connected to the other packages under investigation.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."