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Austin package explosion leaves teen dead, woman hurt after second blast in 2 weeks

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A teenager was killed and a woman was seriously hurt after a package exploded at an Austin home early Monday in a blast similar to another deadly incident nearly two weeks ago in Texas' capital city, officials said.

Austin Police said they received a call about the explosion in a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city around 6:45 a.m., after the 17-year-old resident found a package on the front step, brought it inside, and opened it in the kitchen where it exploded.

"It is very similar to the incident that occured in Austin on March 2," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters.

Manley said authorities don't believe the package came from a delivery through the U.S. Postal Service, and that it was placed on the home's front doorstep in a manner similar to the blast earlier this month.

"There are similarities we believe these cases are linked at this time," Manley said.

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There is no known motive at this time, but Manley said both blasts took place at homes of African-American residents so authorities "cannot rule out hate crimes."

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/1...woman-hurt-after-second-blast-in-2-weeks.html
 

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Random bombing brought to you by the CIA so they remain relevent.
 

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You're not a big sarcasm guy, are you?
Been running for the last 9+ days and nights.

What I meant is someone smart enough to make a care package like that isn't going to be a random chance on targets.

Is that satisfactory?
 

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Been running for the last 9+ days and nights.

What I meant is someone smart enough to make a care package like that isn't going to be a random chance on targets.

Is that satisfactory?
I was the guy being sarcastic. I got your point Po. Sorry for the misunderstanding. The world is a mess right now and we're all on edge. We need to remember that we're all in the same boat. Stay frosty my friend!
 

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You're not a big sarcasm guy, are you?
Easier to just hit
I was the guy being sarcastic. I got your point Po. Sorry for the misunderstanding. The world is a mess right now and we're all on edge. We need to remember that we're all in the same boat. Stay frosty my friend!
Missed your sarcasm.

Drink a few for me.
 

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If they ever do find a way to ban guns, this is the kind of stuff that will replace them.
 

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Another bombing today, why the shock and awe campaign by the CIA? Thoughts?
 

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Muzzie bombings are so yesterday my call is a right wing wing nut brainwashed by the same people who were brainwashing the muzzie wing nuts.
 

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Muzzie bombings are so yesterday my call is a right wing wing nut brainwashed by the same people who were brainwashing the muzzie wing nuts.
I say disgruntled psychotic progressive / socialist / communist with a manifesto and delusional grudge.
 

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I say disgruntled psychotic progressive / socialist / communist with a manifesto and delusional grudge.
Yes that would be the perfect brainwashing candidate but afterwards he or she will be labeled right wing by the enemedia.
 

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Sent through private shipping, not USMail which would be a federal offense...
 

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Operation Gladio - put the fear into the population so they accept more restrictions and policies.
 

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Austin Bombing Suspect Kills Himself In Explosion As Police Move In For Arrest

March 21, 20181:13 AM ET

"The suspect is deceased, and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told journalists near the location where the suspected package bomber died in Round Rock, Texas, in suburban Austin, on Wednesday.

Updated at 7 a.m. ET

A man whom police had identified as a suspect in a string of deadly bombings in the Austin, Texas, area this month killed himself early Wednesday by triggering an explosion in his car as officers approached the vehicle to make an arrest, police said today.

For now, police have identified the suspect only as a 24-year-old white male. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says he's awaiting positive identification and notification of next of kin. The suspect died in the Round Rock community of Greater Austin, north of where the first bomb struck on March 2.

"Beginning within the past 24-36 hours we began to get information of on person of interest that moved to a suspect," Manley told reporters, standing in the early-morning darkness along I-35. He spoke near the spot where the suspected bomber, responsible for two deaths and several injuries, had died hours earlier.

"Late last night and this morning we felt very comfortable that he was the suspect," Manley said. He said the man had been identified with the help of leads from "video sources, as well as by witnesses."

APD Chief Manley says they don’t yet have a motive for the #Austinbombings.​
— Audrey McGlinchy (@AKMcGlinchy) March 21, 2018​

Manley would not say where the suspect is from, or where he lived. But local media are converging on a residential area of Pflugerville, less than 10 miles southeast of where the suspect died. At least two different reporters are citing a large law enforcement presence there, and warnings to stay back.

The suspected serial bomber had been traced to a hotel parking lot in Round Rock after the vehicle he was known to be driving was located. Police and federal agents soon swarmed around the hotel — where they waited for tactical backup, in the form of armored vehicles that might help them take the suspected bomber into custody "as safely as possible," Manley told reporters.

"While we were waiting for those vehicles to get here, much time had passed, and the vehicle started to drive away," Manley said. "We began following the vehicle, again waiting to get the tactical vehicles here so we could make a stop."

That's when the suspect's vehicle stopped in a ditch on the side of the busy road.

"As members of the Austin Police Department SWAT team approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb inside the vehicle, knocking one of our SWAT officers back. And one of our SWAT officers fired at the suspect, as well. The suspect is deceased, and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle."

BREAKING: Exclusive photos of Austin bombing 'Person of Interest' dropping off 2 packages at Austin @FedEx store. Believed to be wearing wig.​
Recognize him? Contact: @FBI @Austin_Police​
More info: https://t.co/8bVRGToc7T @News4SA @cbsaustin pic.twitter.com/mpTxxrkYfd​
— Randy Beamer (@randybeamer) March 21, 2018​

"This is the culmination of three very long weeks for our community," Manley said in reference to the first bomb on March 2 and six others that followed through today.

Manley also warned that the public should remain vigilant and cautious, in case the bomber had been able to deploy any final explosive devices — as he said, "we don't know where this subject has spent his last 24 hours."

Manley said that the suspect's name had come up during the investigation, and that "we became very interested in him over the past couple of days." But police are still not sure why the man would have become a serial bomber.

"That's the one thing we don't have right now, is a motive behind this. We do not understand what motivated him to do what he did."

President Trump welcomed the news of last night's operation, saying in a tweet, "AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned! "

President Trump comments on news this morning that a suspect in the #AustinBombings has been killed in a standoff with police.https://t.co/OR9sIyrbw6 https://t.co/sNXnLlPqwj
— KUT Austin (@KUT) March 21, 2018​

The confrontation early Wednesday came after police dealt with two more package bombs found on Tuesday at separate FedEx facilities near San Antonio and the one in Southwest Austin. They are the latest of six such devices this month that the FBI and other agencies say are connected.

An explosion that was reported at a Goodwill store in south Austin initially caused alarm that it may have been related — but as member station KUT reports, "Austin Assistant Chief of Police Ely Reyes said the device was an 'artillery simulator' – an old military memento. He said it was not related to the serial bombings."

Citing an unnamed high-ranking law enforcement official, The Austin Statesman reports that police used security video from a FedEx store in Southwest Austin where a bomb had been shipped earlier to identify the suspect.

The newspaper says authorities used "store receipts showing suspicious transactions from the person and obtained a search warrant for his Google search history that showed him conducting searches they considered suspicious."

The suspect died roughly 24 hours after a nighttime blast on Tuesday, when a package detonated at a FedEx Ground facility in Schertz, Texas, northeast of San Antonio. One person was treated and released in that package bomb incident.

"It was mailed from Austin, and it was mailed back to Austin" going through the FedEx center in Schertz, state Attorney General Ken Paxton told KXAN-TV news.

The package had been addressed to an Austin resident, Paxton said.

A second, unexploded, package was found hours later on Tuesday, at another FedEx facility. It had apparently been shipped by the same person.

Law enforcement officials put on protective gear as they investigate in the area where the suspected package bomber died in an explosion in suburban Austin on March 21, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas.
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In a statement late Tuesday, the Austin Police Department (APD), the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said:

"[At] approximately 6:19 a.m., APD received a call regarding a suspicious package at 4117 McKinney Falls Parkway in Austin. APD, along with the FBI and the ATF, responded. It was determined the package contained an explosive device and was disrupted by law enforcement. No injuries were reported."

Officials believed the package that exploded may have come from an address on Brodie Lane that houses a FedEx Office printing and shipping office, part of the large Sunset Valley Shopping Center, southwest of downtown Austin, the Sunset Valley Police Department said.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Associated Press that investigators had been poring through surveillance videos. "They've got a couple of videos that could possibly be the person but they're not sure at this point," McCaul said.

"There is an army of law enforcement folks that are here," Austin Mayor Steve Adler told NPR's David Greene about the effort to end the bombing threat. "Hundreds of federal agents, multiple federal agencies, hundreds of agents working on this outside of Austin and Texas."

The investigation into the Schertz blast was slowed by the need to ensure the FedEx facility was safe, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge James Smith said at a midmorning update. Many of those same concerns played into the delay in approaching the suspect Tuesday night.

A blast along a sidewalk on Sunday had been triggered by a tripwire — indicating that the culprit was likely more sophisticated than investigators had first realized.

One day later, police said they believed the bombings were all connected and said they believed they were dealing with a "serial bomber."

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the conclusion comes from "some of the specific components of these devices."

"We are sending all of the evidence to the ATF lab in Quantico, and they are conducting all of the post-blast analysis of the evidence that we have recovered," Manley said.

This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo...-say-latest-package-bombs-sent-by-same-person
 

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The newspaper says authorities used "store receipts showing suspicious transactions from the person and obtained a search warrant for his Google search history that showed him conducting searches they considered suspicious."

You are warned.
 

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Austin bomb suspect Mark Anthony Conditt used ‘exotic’ batteries in explosives, sources say
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/austin-bombings-suspect-believed-neutralized-sources-n858576

From the suspect's blog...
The blog espouses political beliefs, including entries describing why the author believes gay marriage should not be legalized and why the United States should do away with sex offender registration.
"I am not that politically inclined. I view myself as a conservative, but I don't think I have enough information to defend my stance as well as it should be defended," a description of the author reads. "The reasons I am taking this class is because I want to understand the US government, and I hope that it will help me clarify my stance, and then defend it."
Sounds like one mixed up uniformed kid if you can't figure out your own beliefs. Along with using something that could be easily traceable the guys was either not that smart or desperately wanted to be caught.
 

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One word “MarkAnthonyConditt”, enough said.
 

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SWAT team descends on Austin bomber's home and speak to shirtless man just hours after the homeschooled Christian blew himself up during police chase, ending 19-day campaign of terror
  • Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, blew himself up as police tried to arrest him on Wednesday
  • Police were able to zero in on the bomber after obtaining CCTV footage of him posting two packages at a FedEx office in Austin on Sunday night
  • Authorities are warning more bombs could be out there because Conditt's final movements aren't yet known
  • The bomber had gone on a three week bombing spree that killed two people and injured at least five others
  • The most recent package bomb detonated at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio early Tuesday
  • Police still do not know the motive behind the attacks or whether the bomber had an accomplice
  • Bomber used 'exotic' and foreign batteries ordered online from Asia to make his bombs, sources said
  • Conditt, who previously worked as a computer repair technician, is believed to have made the bombs himself
  • Shocked neighbors described Conditt as a quiet, studious young man who came from a good family
  • His 2012 blog posts indicate he was in favor of the death penalty and was against gay marriage and abortion


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5526159/Austin-bomber-shot-dead-police-try-arrest-him.html#ixzz5AP9LC9Hb
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After a while the lies being 'reported' over and over again become so prevelant that there's no distinguishing them from the truth. I don't even believe this guy even existed. His identity was most likely made up the the FBI to use as false information. What reason would this guy have to suddenly start using the shipping company that dolt Hoggs called out for supporting the 2A? Again, more question than answers and we're told over and over to just accept what we're being told.
 

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THE SUSPECT: Family of Mark A. Conditt ‘grieving’ and ‘in shock’
2:50 p.m Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Crime

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2:10 p.m. update: Relatives of Mark A. Conditt issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying they are shocked and devastated by the revelation that he was behind the string of bombings that have terrorized Austin this month.

The statement, which was given to CNN, came from members of the family who live in Colorado, not his parents in Pflugerville.

“We are devastated and broken at the news that our family could be involved in such an awful way. We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in,” the family said. “Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, we pray, and we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for those families that have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark. We are grieiving and we are in shock. Please respect our privacy as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other through this time.”​

12:10 update: A picture of the suspected Austin serial bomber Mark A. Conditt provided by a close high school friend on Wednesday paints him as a smart but opinionated — and often intimidating — young man who was “rough around the edges.”

“It’s really sad to think that one of my friends succumbed to hatred of some sort,” Jeremiah Jensen, 24, who was homeschooled in the same Pflugerville community as Conditt, told the American-Statesman. “I have no idea what caused him to make those bombs. Whatever it was I wish he would have reached out to me and asked for help or something.”​

Jensen was one of only about a dozen friends listed on Conditt’s Facebook page before it was removed on Wednesday morning.

The two were close in 2012 and 2013, said Jensen, who would often go to the Conditts’ home for lunch after Sunday church service and attended Bible study and other activities with him. Jensen said Conditt came from a good family, was athletic, enjoyed rock climbing and parkour and was a “deep thinker.”

“When I met Mark, he was really rough around the edges,” Jensen said. “He was a very assertive person and would … end up being kind of dominant and intimidating in conversation. A lot of people didn’t understand him and where he was coming from. He really just wanted to tell the truth. What I remember about him he would push back on you if you said something without thinking about it. He loved to think and argue and turn things over and figure out what was really going on.”​

Jensen said Conditt attended regular church services at the Austin Stone Community Church on St. John’s Avenue.

“I know faith was a serious thing for him,” he said. “I don’t know if he held onto his faith or not. … The kind of anger that he expressed and the kind of hate that he succumbed to — that’s not what he believed in in high school. I don’t know what happened along the way. This wasn’t him.”​

As a fellow homeschool student, Jensen described the inner experience of a lot of his friends as one of “loneliness.”

“It’s just very difficult for a lot of kids to find a way to fit in once they are out in the real world,” he said. “I have a feeling that is what happened with Mark. I don’t remember him ever being sure of what he wanted to do.”​

The Austin Stone said in a statement it had no records of Conditt or his family’s active involvement in the church or interactions with staff members.

“We love and grieve with our city and we continue to pray for the victims and their families who were affected by these recent tragedies. We are cooperating with law enforcement with any pertinent information we can find that may be of help as they continue their investigation,” the church said in a statement.​

11:30 a.m. update: In 2012, when he was 17 years old, Austin bombing suspect Mark Conditt laid out his political views in a series of blog posts he wrote for an Austin Community College course on U.S. government.

No motive for the bombings has been disclosed, either by the bomber or by authorities. Four bombings in Austin over 17 days left two people dead and four injured. Another bomb exploded in a FedEx distribution facility, and one unexploded bomb was found at another distribution center. Authorities identified the 23-year-old Conditt as the bombing suspect who died in a bomb explosion during a confrontation with police early Wednesday, the American-Statesman and KVUE have reported, citing local and federal law enforcement sources.

On the blog, Conditt described himself as a conservative. It’s not clear whether politics played any role in the bombings, but the blog posts provide insight into Conditt’s thinking as he was growing up.

He wrote that he was against gay marriage and abortion and in favor of the death penalty.

He also wrote that he supported doing away with the sex offender registration system.

“So you have a guy who committed a crime. Will putting him on a (sex offender) list make it better? wouldn’t this only make people shun him, keep him from getting a job, and making friends? Just for a crime that he may have committed over 15 years ago as a adolescent? On a side note, one fifth of all rapes are committed by a juvenile,” Conditt wrote.​

On abortion, he wrote: “First, if a women does not want a baby, or is incapable of taking care of one, she should not participate in activities that were made for that reason. Second, if we are going to give women free abortions, why not give men free condoms, or the like? Is it not up to the couple to take these preventive measures?”

Arguing against gay marriage, he wrote that homosexuality is “not natural.”

“Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, “See, it’s natural for them to go together.”​

Conditt attended ACC from 2010 to 2012 with a declared major of business administration, however he never graduated, school officials said. He took general education courses at the Northridge and Round Rock campuses and left the school in good academic standing, ACC said.

9:45 a.m. update: A close friend of the first victim of the Austin bombings expressed elation Wednesday morning that police had stopped bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt but said he was surprised to learn of one possible connection between the men.

While Conditt’s possible motives and ties to the bombing victims were not immediately clear Wednesday, the 23-year-old man lived in the same Austin suburb where the first person to die, Anthony Stephan House, had graduated from high school two decades earlier.

Jeff Lewis, 40, a close friend of House at Pflugerville High School, where the pair ran track on several highly decorated teams, said he didn’t know quite what to make of that connection. “I’m surprised,” he said Wednesday morning. “It hits even closer to home than I thought.”

Conditt, who was homeschooled and attended Austin Community College’s Northridge Campus, died early Wednesday when he apparently detonated a bomb in his vehicle as police closed in on him near Round Rock.

Lewis, 40, said that he was happy to learn that the suspected bomber had been stopped and said he had been worried about the safety of his parents, especially after it appeared that the bomber was targeting prominent African-American families. “God answers prayers,” he said. “I’m just thankful that it’s over. It’s a huge relief. Now it’s time for the healing process for all these other families that are affected.”

Original story: The suspected Austin serial bomber who apparently killed himself early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him was Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, local and federal law enforcement sources told the American-Statesman and KVUE.

As the sun rose, neighbors of the 23-year-old, who was home-schooled growing up and went to Austin Community College, struggled to wrap their minds around the news that he was the suspected bomber.

“I know this is a cliché but I just can’t imagine that,” said neighbor Jeff Reeb, whose grandson grew up playing with Conditt on Pfluger Street. Reeb described Conditt as a nice kid from a great family.

Police have said that Conditt was 24, although some public records indicate he was 23.
Conditt attended Austin Community College’s Northridge Campus and had worked at Crux Semiconductor in Austin as a “purchasing Agent/buyer/shipping and receiving,” according to a profile on a job recruiting website. He previously worked as a computer repair technician.
There are very few public social media posts under his name.

His mother, Danene Conditt, posted a picture of him in February 2013 to mark his completing a high school-level education.

“I officially graduated Mark from High School on Friday. 1 down, 3 to go. He has 30 hrs of college credit too, but he’s thinking of taking some time to figure out what he wants to do….maybe a mission trip. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years.”​

He and his father, Pat Conditt, purchased a Pflugerville property last year that is now valued at about $69,000. The neighbor said Mark Conditt had been living in that house, which he built with his father’s help.

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Police said Wednesday morning that they believe Mark Conditt created all of the explosive devices used in the recent bombings himself.
They are not sure how he spent his last 24 hours and cautioned Austinites to remain vigilant in case he placed bombs that have yet to go off.

Check back later for updates.