After two package bombings in Austin yesterday — making a total of three in the past two weeks — the Austin Police Department says it has received 150 calls about suspicious packages throughout the city.
The two bombings in East and Southeast Austin killed a 17-year-old boy and severely injured two women. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said yesterday that the incidents are being investigated in connection with another package explosion that killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House on March 2 in North Austin.
While the two women injured yesterday have not been identified, the 17-year-old boy killed yesterday morning on Oldfort Hill Road has been identified by several reports and on social media as Draylen Mason. Former Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez recalled meeting Mason in a Facebook post yesterday, calling him an "insightful and mature" young man.
A Washington Post report first identified Mason as the victim in the explosion that also left a woman in her 40s with life-threatening injuries in a report last night. The Post also highlighted that both victims of the attacks are members of prominent African-American families in Austin.
KUT has not independently confirmed that reporting, and the victim has not been officially identified by the Austin Police Department.
Another package explosion shortly before noon yesterday severely injured a 75-year-old woman on the 6700 block of Galindo Street in the Montopolis neighborhood. She was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
In a tweet this morning, Manley extended his condolences to victims, but also urged Austinites to call 911 if they discover any suspicious packages.
My prayers are with the families of those that lost their life or injured during the three explosions. The investigation into the incidents is ongoing. As of this morning at 5 a.m. #AustinPD has received 150 calls about suspicious packages.
— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) March 13, 2018