A teenager has died in what appears to be the second explosion in Austin, Texas this month.
Police arrived on scene at 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, in response to a package that exploded.
In addition to the teenager being killed, the woman who is roughly forty has life-threatening injuries, say police.
However, a second package has been located by authorities who are clearing the area according to KXAN-TV.
The FBI is also responding to the scene to aid local police in the investigation.
Again, according to KXAN-TV, this is the second time in two weeks that an explosion has occurred, previously a 39-year-old man named Stephan House died at his home from a “device” that exploded on March 5.
Police said at the time they believed the Haverford Drive explosion was an isolated incident. Now, they are investigating them as related, and re-classified House’s death from “suspicious” to “homicide.”
“We do see similarities and believe these cases are linked at this time,” Manley said. He acknowledged that both victims were African-American. He said at this point police are not ruling out that these incidents could be hate crimes, but cannot confirm at this time that they were.
The Austin Police released a briefing regarding the incident;
APD briefing regarding explosion in the 4800 block of Old Fort Hill Drive. https://t.co/gY2yyu5aOY
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 12, 2018