Austin Bombing Suspect Arrested, Shots Fired: Report


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Authorities investigate the Austin bombings.

The Austin bombing suspect believed responsible for terrorizing the Texas community with a series of serial bombings is under arrest after shots were fired, KVUE-TV is reporting via Twitter.

“BREAKING: APD, FBI arresting suspect in Austin bombing. Suspect donated device, shots were fired. #AustinBomber #austinPD,” reported Kris Betts of KVUE-TV.

Some photos circulated. The news, if confirmed by police, will be a big relief to the Austin community, which has lived in terror as the serial bomber struck at least six times, killing twice, in a series of escalating attacks throughout Austin. Killed in the bombings were two promising young men from prominent African-American families – Anthony House and Draylen Mason.

They opened package bombs and were killed. Then came news that the bomber had shifted tactics, using a “tripwire” over the weekend to injure two men in their 20s who were walking along a sidewalk area. Just a few hours before the arrested, the police had dispelled fears that the bomber had struck again at a local Goodwill store, saying a worker had ignited an old military ordnance that someone donated but was unrelated. Also Tuesday came word that the FBI thought there was a relationship between a package that exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio and the serial bomber.

This post will be updated as more information is learned.