AUSTIN, TX (CBSMiami) – The Mayor of Austin and the city’s police chief are warning residents not to open any suspicious packages.READ MORE: Coral Springs Police: 3 Separate Crime Scenes Tied To One Suspect
This after two exploded Monday morning, killing a 17-year-old male and injuring two women.
The second package exploded around noon. Officials say a woman in her 70s was taken to a local medical center with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. A woman in her 80s was evaluated at the scene but was not taken to the hospital.READ MORE: Brightline Celebrates 3 Years Of Service As It Nears Orlando Extension Completion
The first happened in Central East Austin at a home where a suspicious package was left on the doorstep of a single-family residence. A 17-year-old boy was killed, and a woman in her 40s was injured.
Police are investigating whether the explosion is linked to another deadly home explosion on March 2nd when a man was killed. Police are investigating both cases as homicides.
Investigators searching for a motive for the crimes say they cannot rule out the possibility of both instances being hate related. Both homes where the packages were delivered belonged to African Americans.MORE NEWS: Ronald Acuña's 1st Game In Miami Since Knee Injury, Leads Braves Past Marlins 5-3
Police Chief Brian Manley said it does not appear the packages were mailed but were instead delivered to the front doorstep in both cases.