Police say that a bomb explosion happened Monday morning in a southeast Austin, Texas home. A 17-year-old boy was killed, and a woman in her 40s was wounded with potentially life-threatening injuries.
A package was left on the family's doorstep overnight. When the resident went outside they noticed the package early the next morning.
According to Austin police chief Brian Manley, the package was apparently not delivered through the postal service. Neither the USPS, FedEx, UPS, or other carriers said that they delivered a package to the Austin home.
The package was taken into their home and placed in the kitchen where it exploded. The explosion happened in two completely different neighborhood but in the Austin area.
Bomb-sniffing K-9's were released on the scene because the police were worried that there could have been a second bomb. Residents in neighboring homes were asked to evacuate their homes.
The police are lead to believe that this incident is linked to the other explosion on March 2 which killed a man.
"There are similarities, and we cannot rule out that these two incidents are in fact related," Manley said.
While the investigation is continuing, they can't rule out the possibility of it being a hate crime as both victims were African American.
"We don't know what the motive behind these may be," Manley said. "We do know that both of the homes that were the recipients of these packages belong to African Americans, so we cannot rule out that hate crime is at the core of this. But we're not saying that that's the cause as well."
At this time there is no clear motive as to why someone would leave a bomb on someone's front step. The investigation is still ongoing. The FBI is working with the Austin police and asking neighbors if they may have video footage from their security systems.
Please pray for everyone involved and for the police to solve this terrible case.