Texas Serial Bombings

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Ida Domingo | idomingo1@radford.edu

On March 19, Austin, Texas police department confirmed a suspected serial bomber is attacking their city.

A total of five mysterious bombing incidents have occurred this month only, and the residents of Austin, Texas are living in fear.

The most recent mysterious bombing occurred on Wednesday, March 21 at a FedEx facility in Schertz, near San Antonio at about 1 a.m.

According to The Washington Post, “A law enforcement source said that police were investigating whether the explosion was related to the other four that have hit Austin, killing two people and injuring others. That “is definitely a concern of ours,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the latest incident.”

At this point, the investigations were at an early stage, and no arrests or suspensions were made so far.

Photo taken from Sinclair Broadcas Group; Mark Anthony Conditt, suspect in the bombings.

Reported by The Guardian, FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee believed in the four bombings to be related and also believed that the state was dealing with a serial bomber.

The bombings began when the first package exploded on March 2, killing Anthony Stephan House, 39, of Austin when he picked up a suspicious box on the front porch of his home.

The second bomb exploded on March 12 inside of a house killing Draylen Mason, 17 and injuring his mother.

The third explosion happened on the same day which seriously injured a 75-year-old woman, who also picked up a package on her front porch, and lastly, the fourth bomb blast occurred on March 18 that was set off by a tripwire injuring two men.

According to Vox, there have been similarities found in three previous bombings though the one that occurred on March 18 was set off by a tripwire and required a “higher level of sophistication” noted by Austin Police Chief Brian Manley at a press conference.

On Monday, three members of the Congressional Black Caucus called for the bombings to be classified as terrorist’s attacks and determine whether they are ‘ideologically or racially motivated,” which was noted by CNN.

Vox also mentioned that “Police say they are still considering whether some of the bombings might be hate crimes.” This is a considered motive because the victims of the first three attacks were black and Hispanic and Sunday’s victims were white males.

After these bomb blasts occurred, Time reported, “Austin’s Chief of Police Brian Manley took to social media following the latest package bombing. He posted a statement and urged residents to remain “vigilant.”

“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

The vehicle that the Austin package bomber, Mark Anthony Conditt. (AFP Photo )

The last five horrific bombing incidents left law enforcement scrambling for answers and had some Austin residents treading with more caution. 

The most recent update on this event came after the fifth package bomb. On March 21, the man behind the mysterious package bombings in Austin, Texas, has been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, according to Time. In the Time article, it notes, “Police said Wednesday night that they found a 25-minute recording — which Manley described as a confession — on Conditt’s phone, in which he described the explosive devices and detailed how he made them.”

When the suspect was tracked down at a hotel in Round Rock outside Austin, Conditt’s vehicle was being monitored. According to the Time’s article, “Authorities pursued the vehicle [as the suspect began to drive away], and it eventually ran into a ditch on the side of the road. As SWAT officers approached, a bomb went off inside the car, killing the suspect. One officer sustained minor injuries in the blast, Manley said.”

Although the suspect is no more, it states that “Manley also said there is some concern that other packages may have been left around Austin before the suspect died. “We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours and therefore we still have to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages have been left throughout the community,” Manley said.”

Manley also added that the community should pay close attention to any suspicious devices like packages, bags, backpacks, or anything that’s out of place on the day of the fifth bombing.

Safety is always the top priority so always be aware and suspicious. In these situations, it is best just to report what you saw or heard to the police and do not approach or touch anything.



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