Another explosive that appears to be from the Austin serial bomber went off today, The Washington Post reports. A package bound for the Texas capital went off at a FedEx facility. Luckily, nobody was wounded when it exploded while traveling on a conveyer belt.
Another explosive, which didn’t detonate, was found at the same location. The Post adds that the unexploded, undamaged bomb could prove to be a major windfall for the FBI’s investigation because it could provide evidence that an already-exploded device would not.
These bombs are just the latest in the string of several bombings, all of them based in the Austin area. Another went off Sunday night at 8:30 PM local time when two bicyclists triggered a tripwire.
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They both suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The manner in which the bombing was carried out showed a deviation from the previous three blasts, all of which were carried out by package bombs left at people’s homes.
The latest victims were white men in their twenties. The previous bombings took the lives of Stephen House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17. Both were black and attended the same church, which raised the possibility that the bomber was specifically targeting minorities. Mason’s mother was also hurt in the attack, and an elderly Hispanic woman suffered serious injuries from another bomb. It’s possible that the Sunday explosion was simply the bomber testing out a tripwire device and that he now intends to resume targeting minorities.
Chance the Rapper, the beloved Grammy award-winning musician, took to Twitter to respond to the latest explosion.
Chance, real name — Chancelor Jonathan Bennett — is an outspoken advocate for social engagement and civil rights. Bennett said that minorities are being terrorized and killed and that the story isn’t getting nearly enough coverage. He rightfully pointed out that all of our elected officials should be horrified by these ongoing attacks.
In the past, Bennett has been an advocate for fighting gun violence and has donated substantially to help build up the Chicago school system and has also been a fierce critic of Donald Trump. It’s admirable of him to use his significant platform to weigh in on this escalating problem. Hopefully, it will bring the story more of the attention it deserves.
Someone is serial murdering Black and Latino men and women in Texas right now. One of them was just a boy. Hold your leaders accountable. Even if you aren’t from Texas, your elected officials should be talking about this. #AustinBombings
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) March 20, 2018
The FBI has deployed 350 more agents to Austin and sent in additional bomb squads in an effort to quickly apprehend the murderer but so far have no leads. Special Agent Christopher Combs, the head of the San Antonio branch of the FBI recently discussed some of the bureau’s efforts.
He explained that tripwire explosives carry a distinct risk to the populace because they go off indiscriminately and can inflict serious damage on unsuspecting victims. Combs pointed out that the explosive used on Sunday could have easily been triggered by a child.
Hopefully, the FBI’s efforts prove quick and efficient, and the person taking the lives of innocent Americans is captured soon.