Austin police say that today’s second explosion, and third of the month, is similar to two other previous incidents that happened in that city. The first was on March 2 and the second one, earlier this morning.
The latest victim was identified as a 75-year-old Hispanic female. Manley said she was in critical but stable condition.
The explosion happened in the 6700 block of Galindo Street. Another woman in her 80s experienced an unrelated medical issue, but did not require hospitalization.
“If you know anything about these attacks we are asking that you let us know. We are having innocent people get hurt across this community and it is important that we come together as a community and solve this,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley at a briefing Monday afternoon.
“On the first one we did believe it was an isolated incident,” continued Manley. “We had nothing that made us believe in that moment that it was part of anything larger than an isolated incident. Standing here today, having had the two incidents that we have had today and being able to do an initial review of the evidence we have, we do believe these are related.”
Manley addressed the style of the device without specifics. “There is a certain level of skill that is required to put a device like this together successfully and then to have it detonate in the manner in which these are and cause the significant injuries and death that they have,” said Manley.
Manley acknowledged that there were many visitors in town for the South By Southwest Festival and he addressed those concerns.
“It’s not time to panic, but it’s time to be vigilant and it’s time to pay attention,” said Manley. “It’s time to pull together as a city and as a community and solve this. We need the community’s participation: If you see a suspicious package on your porch or somebody else’s, let us know.”