The Associate Press has been doing a phenomenal job covering this story which is breaking in Austin during the city’s SXSW festival. Sadly, the news coming out of Austin is not good and people there are on edge.
Today a package bomb claimed the life of one Austin resident and injured another. Police said both bombings were connected and also linked to one that took place earlier this month.
Here’s more from the AP:
Austin’s police chief says package bombs caused both explosions in Texas’ capital city on Monday, making it three this month.
Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference that the latest bombing injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.
Manley says investigators believe that attack and one earlier Monday that killed a 17-year-old boy and injured a woman in her 40s are linked to a March 2 package bombing that killed a 39-year-old man in another neighborhood.
The chief said earlier that investigators were considering whether the attacks could be race-related because the first three victims were all black. He says they aren’t ruling anything out, but they are no longer “making the connection to a hate crime.”
Though unaffected by the bombs, organizers at SXSW issued a warning to festival goers. Also from the Associated Press:
Organizers of the South By Southwest festival are urging those visiting Austin, “if you see something, say something,” after three package bombings killed two people and injured two others in less than two weeks.
In a tweet Monday, organizers said, “SXSW is heartbroken by the explosions in Austin” and asked the thousands of festival attendees to notify the authorities of anything suspicious.
An explosion at a home in east Austin early Monday killed a teenager and wounded a woman in her 40s. Another package exploded about five miles away hours later, injuring a 75-year-old woman.
The blasts occurred far from the heart of South By Southwest, which happens mostly in downtown Austin. Police said festivalgoers weren’t at risk but should be aware of what’s happening.
We’ll keep you posted as this breaking story unfolds.