I don't usually write about subjects like this. In fact, most of the articles on this blog, more recently, has been nothing more than sharing of press releases, however, having lived in Austin, TX, this was a subject of great interest to me.
When I first heard of the bombings, I had questions about things the national coverage was not answering. Things like where in Austin. To find those answers I had to go to the local news outlets. Media, that I still have bookmarked in my browser.
Those, according to an article after the third bombing in the Austin American-Statesman were:
March 2, 2018 (6:55 a.m.) – Anthony Stephan House, 39, died after a package exploded at his house on March 2. In the package explosion on March 2, Austin police responded to a home in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive around 6:55 a.m.
March 12, 2018 (6:45 a.m.) – a teenager who was killed in a package explosion around 6:45 a.m. Monday in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive.
March 12, 2018 (11:49 a.m.) – Medics were sent out to the 6700 block of Galindo Street, near Montopolis and East Riverside drives in Southeast Austin at 11:49 a.m., EMS said.
When my wife and I were in Texas, we actually looked at homes in the Montopolis neighborhood.
March 19, 2018 (8:30 p.m.) – First responders called to the Travis Country neighborhood in southwest Austin where a bomb exploded near the street in the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive, injuring two men in their 20s who were either riding or walking their bicycles. – KXAN TV
March 20, 2018 – Bomb explodes at FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas
March 20, 2018 – an unexploded bomb found at another southeast Austin FedEx location.
Then on March 21 as I was driving to my primary job, before 5 a.m., NPR reported that the bombing suspect was dead. At the time, details were sketchy. We really didn't know if the suspect was him or her. Since then, we have learned, according to the Texas Tribune, that the suspect was at a Round Rock area hotel and was
Mark Anthony Conditt, Image via Facebook
Multiple reports have identified the man as 23-year-old Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt, though police hadn't confirmed that Wednesday afternoon.
According to the same article,
The suspect's death came after authorities had been tracking him for about 24 hours, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Police said they tracked him to a hotel in Round Rock north of Austin before sunrise. As they waited for more officers to arrive, he drove away. Police followed, and the man drove into a ditch, where he detonated his own bomb and an officer shot at him.
All the media reports indicate that we still don't know what his motive was.
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