A San Antonio television station has aired photos it says is of the “person of interest” in the serial Austin bombings that have terrified people in the Texas community. And now comes word that authorities cornered a suspect in the case after shots were fired. The suspect is now dead.
That news broke early in the morning of Wednesday, March 20, 2018 after a frightening day that saw a package explode at a FedEx facility near San Antonio. Authorities immediately pegged it as related to the other bombings – which killed two promising young men and injured four other people – and they said it exploded on a conveyor belt. Later in the day they said a blast at a Goodwill store was old military ordnance and not related, but the situation seemed to escalate throughout the day.
Here are the photos:
San Antonio 5 reporter Randy Beamer wrote, “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.” It could not be immediately learned whether the person featured in the photos was the same person reportedly under arrest in the bombings.
Kris Betts, KVUE-TV reporter, wrote on Twitter: “BREAKING: APD, FBI arresting suspect in Austin bombing. Suspect detonated device, shots were fired. #AustinBomber #austinPD #kvue.” However, few details were known about the situation as it was unfolding. Around the same time, Austin police wrote on Twitter,
The San Antonio television station wrote in its story on the photos, “CBS Austin obtained photos of the person investigators believe dropped off two suspicious packages on Sunday. Investigators say this is a person of interest and that the two packages are connected to the string of explosions in Austin.” The person was wearing a wig and gloves, it’s believed, the station said in its exclusive report.
The FedEx situation may have been a mistake by the bomber, though, as, according to the Texas television station, it led to people capturing images of the person of interest from surveillance video inside the FedEx store in Austin where two packages were mailed – including the one that exploded.
The serial bomber has struck at least six times in the month of March alone, shifting tactics as police urged public caution, and even using a tripwire to detonate a device over the weekend, injuring two young men in their 20s, one of whom was pushing a bicycle.