March 21, 2018
The man behind a string of deadly bombings in Austin has died after blowing himself up as police tried to arrest him early Wednesday morning.
The bomber, a 24-year-old white male who was from central Texas, killed himself and injured an officer when he detonated a bomb inside his car as police surrounded him at a hotel on Interstate 35, just outside Austin, at about 2am.
Police zeroed in on the bomber after obtaining CCTV footage of him posting two packages at a FedEx office that intended to target people of color on Sunday night.
Authorities are now warning that more bombs could still be out there because they do not know if the bomber posted more devices prior to his death.
President Donald Trump, who was earlier criticized for failing to speak out over the shootings, tweeted ‘Austin bombing suspect is dead’ on Wednesday morning. ‘Great job by law enforcement and all concerned,’ he added.
The bomber had gone on a three week bombing spree, targeting black and Latino neighborhoods stretching back to March 2. Anthony House, 39, and Draylen Mason, 17, who were African American, were the first two victims. They both died when package bombs were left on their doorsteps and Mason’s mother was also badly hurt.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8:25 am