Texas FedEx Bomb Explosion May Be Linked To Austin Bombs

Paul Sullivan

Early Tuesday, a package from Austin exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio, injuring a worker.

The four previous explosions killed two people and injured four others.

Austin police said they were called in at 6:19 a.m. Tuesday, March 20 to the FedEx Ground location in the 4100 block of McKinney Falls Parkway for a suspicious package call. They said it's a significant shift from the first three cases where a package was left on the front doorstep of a home overnight.

CORRECTION: San Antonio Police stated that original reports of a second package loaded with explosives at the Schertz facility were incorrect; there was no second package.

Chief McManus misspoke earlier at this morning's press conference.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the bombings, which have killed two and injured four, were created to "send a message" and urged the person or people behind the bombings to step forward. She did not have details about the size or weight, or a description of the package. Officials onsite said a woman reported ringing in her ears from the blast after the medium-sized package detonated on a conveyor belt, but sustained no injuries.

The employee was evaluated and released, according to Michael Carpenter, the mayor of Schertz.

Hours after the latest blast, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package that was reported shortly before sunrise.

"What I'm being told by federal law enforcement officials is that preliminary reports and preliminary evidence shows that this package was being shipped from an Austin address to an Austin address and would have required some sort of activity at this facility in Schertz", said KVUE reporter Tony Plohetski in a phone interview on KVUE Daybreak. They roped off a large area around the shopping center in the enclave of Sunset Valley and were collecting evidence, including surveillance camera footage. The two men who were injured were said to be either riding their bikes or pushing them when the bomb was detonated. One FBI agent told CBS that "it's more than possible" that the package was related to the four explosions that have occurred in Austin in the last month.

Authorities have not identified the two men who were hurt Sunday, saying only that they are in their 20s and white. He told the AP that his grandson is cognizant but still in a lot of pain. On the night of the bombing, one of the victims was riding a bike in the street and the other was on a sidewalk when they crossed a tripwire that he said knocked "them both off their feet".

"They're looking at the devices, they're comparing them, looking for similarities", he said. "They didn't see it".

"This is a race against time to find him before he bombs again", Burton said.

"Starting today we made a decision to anything that is already sealed up and package we are going to open it up and inspect and make sure that there isn't anything problematic inside", Altsman said.

"It's creepy", said Erin Mays, 33.

"I would be concerned, not only for people in this area, but throughout the country", Devonshire said.

During an Oval Office meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President Trump described Tuesday's bombing at a FedEx facility as "terrible".

"This is obviously a very sick individual or individuals", and authorities are "working to get to the bottom of it".

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