Texas Law Enforcement Working To Find Motive Behind Austin Bombings

Texas Law Enforcement Working To Find Motive Behind Austin Bombings

Texas Law Enforcement Working To Find Motive Behind Austin Bombings

Two people have died, and four have been injured in the blasts in the state's capitol city.

The latest explosion rocked a FedEx depot outside San Antonio Tuesday, injuring at least one person.

Since March 2, there have been three other devices that blew up.

Authorities say the package that exploded at a FedEx ground facility near San Antonio was on a conveyor belt when it detonated.

Police said that blast was connected to three previous bombings in Austin.

"If this bomber is being motivated, in part, by the sense of power and control that he has holding the city of Austin in a state of fear, and depending how addictive that feeling is", she said, "that can be a strong contributor to his doing it again and not waiting a long period of time".

How did the bombings start?

There were conflicting reports from law enforcement about a second package, but FedEx claimed it had discovered one sent by "the individual responsible" for the initial explosion - a potential break in the case as investigators tried to identify the perpetrator or a motive.

The man, in his 30s, suffered injuries that were "potentially serious, not expected to be life threatening", the county's EMS tweeted.

Ten days later, on March 12th, two bombs would go off.

But police could not say whether there was a link to the serial bombings and continued to process the scene late in the afternoon. She did not have details about the size, weight or description of the package.

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Adler added, "I'm confident they're going to figure out who's responsible for this and stop it".

Here is the timeline of events that have led hundreds of investigators on a manhunt.

The March 2 and the two March 12 bombs had been delivered to the victims' homes and had detonated when they were being handled or opened. It could have maimed any passer-by, police said. This is because the bomb was activated by a tripwire set alongside a roadway.

However, the two men injured in Sunday's tripwire attack were white, which cast doubts over whether the attacker is a far-right extremist. It means the carnage by a suspected serial bomber that has terrorized Austin for weeks is now random, rather than targeted at someone in particular.

First packages with bombs inside began appearing on the porches of residents in Austin, then a wire triggered an explosion near a street, now this morning a package bomb has exploded inside a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio.

The first blast was reported about 6:55 a.m.in the Harris Ridge neighborhood of north Austin. An ATF spokeswoman earlier had said no injuries were reported. She was treated at the scene.

"The Austin Police Department is aware of the incident that has occurred in Schertz, Texas and is working closely on the investigation with our federal partners, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives", said Manley.

"We've been through hard times before", Mayor Steve Adler said stoically this morning.

Before it exploded, the package had been sent from Austin and was addressed to a home in Austin, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Austin television station KXAN. No other specifics were given.

"Some of these folks, .as long as the bombmaker walks away with 10 fingers and 10 toes, that's successful to them", Gagliano, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation supervisory special agent, said. Despite the similarities noted between the bombings, police have stopped short of giving a greater understanding of the intention behind these bombings.

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