Austin PD discusses bombings, governor offers reward

Austin PD discusses bombings, governor offers reward
Source: Austin Police Department Twitter

AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - Officials in Austin are responding to another package explosion in the city.

Monday afternoon the Austin Police Department tweeted that Austin Fire Department units were on scene in the 6700 block of Galindo Street in response to an explosion.

A woman has been badly injured, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier in the day, police responded to an explosion in the 4800 block of Old Fort Hill Drive. That explosion left one teenager dead and one woman wounded.

According to the Associated Press, police say they are working to determine if the morning bombing and one that occurred earlier this month are hate crimes because the victims in both cases were black.

"Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday that investigators hope to collect surveillance video from nearby homes to identify a suspect. He says there's currently no other evidence indicating a hate crime beyond the victims' race," the AP reports.

Governor Greg Abbott is now offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved in the deadly package blasts that have occurred in Austin over the past ten days.

Abbott released a statement today.

First and foremost, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of these atrocious attacks," said Governor Abbott. "I want to assure all Texans, and especially those in Austin, that local, state and federal law enforcement officials are working diligently to find those responsible for these heinous crimes. As the investigation continues, the State of Texas will provide any resources necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens, and quickly bring those guilty to justice.

To be eligible for a cash reward of up to $15,000, tips must be submitted to Texas Crime Stoppers using one of the following methods:

  • Call the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)
  • Text the letters “DPS”- followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES)
  • Submit a web tip through the website
  • Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App

All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous regardless of submission type.

This is a developing story. Stay with KLTV for updates.

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