The Austin bomber is dead. It’s been three weeks of terror for Texans living in the Austin area, but it all came to an end late last night.
Ever since March 2, law enforcement looked baffled as bomb after bomb went off in what seemed like completely random locations. The killer appeared to be one step ahead of police the entire time. A reward was even offered, leaving many people to believe that the investigation was going nowhere.
That all changed around 24 hours ago. A bomb exploded at a FedEx sorting facility early yesterday. One additional bomb was found at a separate FedEx facility several miles away.
For the first time since March 2, the bomber had changed his tactics. Rather than hand delivering the bombs, which he had done for all the others, he was now using a delivery service.
Police tracked the package that exploded at the FedEx sorting facility to its original drop-off store in a small Austin suburb. After checking the store’s surveillance cameras they caught a break. There, on the multi-camera CCTV footage, was their killer.
Police were then able to identify the bomber's car, his name --- which still hasn’t been released --- and his cell phone. After triangulating his cell phone, law enforcement converged on a small motel.
The killer, who is being described as a 24-year-old white male, saw police moving in and bolted. After a brief chase, he detonated his final bomb and ended his life.
Are there any more bombs out there?
So much of this is still unknown. What was the killer's motive? Were the bombings really random or was there a specific purpose for each victim? As of right now, the biggest and most immediate question is this: are there any more bombs out there?
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley stated there’s a time gap of at least 24 hours where they have no idea where the killer had gone or what he was doing. That means he could have been making or delivering more bombs.
If you’re in the Austin area, stay vigilant. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you.