Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

Officials say a teen believed to be a 17-year-old male is dead and a woman is injured after a package exploded inside a home in East Austin.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were already investigating an explosion that killed a man at his home near I-35 and Howard Lane on March 2.

With this latest revelation, Austin police are issuing a warning to people who see packages outside of their home.

The U.S. Postal Service told investigators that the package did not come through their facilities, so the package was likely left by someone at the doorstep, Manley said.

Manley said both packages were sent to homes of black residents, "so we can not rule out that hate crime is at the core of this".

Police are investigating that incident as a suspicious death. Manley said they do know that the two victims in both cases were African Americans and they can not rule out that the incidents were hate crimes. Manley said the package exploded after they opened it.

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"We don't know what the motive behind these may be", Manley said. "But we're not saying that that's the cause as well".

Manley said that a second package was discovered near the site of Monday's blast and that some residents and media members were evacuated, or pushed farther from the blast site, as authorities determined whether or not it was another explosive.

Police did not identify the teenager or the woman and have not released any details about Monday's package.

She said that for now, Austin police will remain in charge of the investigation with federal agents assisting.

A woman in her 70s was injured in the second blast and another woman who was in the home was hospitalized with an unrelated medical problem.

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