Package en route to Austin explodes at Schertz FedEx injuring one

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 20, 2018

Two people are dead and four injured, and authorities don't appear closer to making any arrests in the four bombings that have rocked the capital city.

The area around the facility in Schertz is heavily industrial and features warehouses and parking lots empty except for parked trailers. The explosion at the FedEx facility is not included.

Although Sunday's attack shared similarities with the past three explosions that began on March 2, the mechanisms for this attack demonstrated a "different level of skill" than the other attacks, police said.

“We don't know why the bomber is doing this, we don't know the reasons, ” said Christopher Combs, special agent in- charge of the FBI's San Antonio field office.

An FBI spokesperson said that it's "more than likely" the explosion is linked to a string of bombings in Austin, TX, which is an hour away from Schertz, TX.

The bombings have raised the question of whether the case can be more accurately seen as domestic terrorism or a hate crime - in part because the first victims of the bombs were people of color, including two black men who were killed. Police say the men may have triggered a tripwire next to a fence.

Police officials have asked the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious packages.

Authorities believe the previous blasts are the work of a serial bomber. She was treated and released at the scene.

It is unclear whether the latest explosion was related to the four in Austin that have killed two people and injured four others over the past two weeks.

At a later presser, SAPD Chief William McManus confirmed two packages were found at the facility, but could not go into any other details about it.

FedEx released a statement about the explosion, saying: "We can confirm that a single package exploded while in a FedEx Ground sortation facility early this morning".

The FedEx employee is believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries in the latest incident, which happened at about midnight local time. ATF spokeswoman Nicole Strong said that early indications are that no one was injured.

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.

"As each tip comes in, it gets assigned to either a team of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, ATF agents or Austin Police detectives to do follow-up work on", he said.

Police departments in Houston and San Antonio are sending bomb technicians and canine teams to Austin, their police chiefs said Monday.

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