Police in Austin say a man suspected of setting off a series of package bombs in the Texas capital this month has killed himself inside his car with an explosive device. Authorities were apparently alerted to a “person of interest” within the past 36 hours and tracked the suspect’s vehicle to a hotel in Round Rock, Texas, just north of Austin.
Here’s what we know so far:
- Per the Statesman: The suspect is a 24-year-old white male whose name has not been released, pending notification of his family.
- He is believed to have been responsible for all of the incidents: Four bombs exploded in Austin since March 2. A fifth bomb, bound for Austin, exploded in a FedEx facility near San Antonio. Another suspected package bomb, which did not detonate, was discovered yesterday in an Austin FedEx distribution center.
- Police are warning area residents to be vigilant, as they don’t know where the suspect has been for the past 24 hours or if he sent additional package bombs.
- A special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the suspect bought some of the components for his explosives “fairly recently.”
- It’s still unclear if the suspect acted alone or had accomplices.