In a month that has seen the city of Austin Texas hit with 2 explosive package deliveries, authorities are beginning to wonder if Austin is facing a “Serial Bomber” after yet another bombing has taken place in the Texas city. Police are saying that Sunday night’s blast was triggered by a trip wire mechanism, and that the device demonstrated a “higher level of sophistication” than the parcel bombs that were used in previous attacks.
Two men in their 20’s were injured Sunday night as they walked beside a street. They are reported to be in stable condition. The three bombings since March 2nd have left two people dead and two injured.
“We are clearly dealing with what we believe to be a serial bomber at this point, based on the similarities between now what is the fourth device”and the previous ones”, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.
The police chief stated that investigators have not yet established a motive for the bombings.
“Is this terrorism? Is this hate-related?” Manley inquired.
Sunday nights blast contained a trip wire, a device that is activated when an unsuspecting target walks over a “wire” and triggers the detonation. The first three attacks involved a package that was delivered to an unsuspecting residence and then detonated upon being opened. Police say that while the previous bombings appear to be targeted, this bombing appears to have no target in mind as the wire could be tripped by any random person walking by.
Austin authorities searched the area for anything suspicious and alerted residents to remain indoors and call 911 if they needed to leave their homes. Chief Manley asked that anyone with a surveillance camera at their homes make the footage available in case suspicious individuals or vehicles could be seen on the tape.
While many originally assumed the bombings were racially motivated as the first victims were minorities, Sunday Night’s bombing victims were 22 and 23 year old Caucasian men.
A press conference with police can be viewed below-