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Roommates of Austin bomber questioned by authorities

Roommates of Austin bomber questioned by authorities

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As police processed the scene at Mason's house, another package bomb exploded in southeast Austin and injured a 75-year-old woman as she picked it up outside her home.

Six blasts have killed two people and seriously injured four others.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that a bomb Conditt made and shipped via FedEx had been addressed to an employee at a downtown Austin spa.

The ATF tweeted Tuesday evening that it, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Austin police had confirmed the connection. He went on to blame himself for accidentally tipping off authorities about his identity by entering an Austin-area FedEx store to drop off two packages with explosives inside them.

But Mark Conditt's violent plans were revealed, police say, in a string of bombings that terrorized Austin this month. They did not indicate which packages were connected to the Sunset Valley office. The authorities are also trying to find out if there are any more bombs and if he worked alone.

"People are a little shaken up", Alvarado said. "There is absolute panic in Austin", said Jackson-Lee, who represents Houston.

Figueroa said they saw a sport utility vehicle that was pinned between vehicles and "looked like it had been rammed off the road".

Those stories are meaningful, and they help us understand the stakes of these explosions once the fear of accidentally triggering a trip wire or opening a package subsides. He says the suspect's name won't be released until his next of kin are notified. The four bombings in Austin and one in nearby San Antonio killed two people and wounded four others.

Jeff Reeb said he has lived next to Conditt's parents for about 17 years and described them as good neighbours.

Police have given no indication so far that the bomber had any accomplices.

The Schertz blast came less than two days after a bombing wounded two men Sunday night in a quiet Austin neighborhood about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the FedEx store.

Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin, said Conditt's "fatal mistake" was walking into a FedEx store to mail a package because that allowed authorities to obtain surveillance video that showed him and his vehicle, along with his license plate number.

Asked if the suspect built bombs before the Austin attacks, Milanowski said: "We know when he bought some of the components".

The congressman added, the relationship between the targets has yet to be determined.

Police said both packages at the Fedex facilities could be linked to the earlier Austin explosions.

"I don't think it's random at this point", Linder said.

At the state level, about 100 Texas Department of Public Safety officers, sergeants and special agents as well as the Texas Ranger bomb squad, bomb-sniffing dogs, intelligence agents and helicopters are also involved, CNN affiliate KXAN reported.

Reports vary on how the suspect died: CBS Austin reports that police were closing in early Wednesday morning and the suspect died in an explosion in a vehicle.

How are they examining the evidence?

What unfolded in Texas because of her nephew's actions was a "horrible, terrible thing", Conditt's aunt told Fox 31.

"They're looking at the devices, they're comparing them, looking for similarities", he said.

How are officials handling the tips?

Manley said the tape was apparently recorded on Tuesday night and that "there was no reason" for specifically choosing to harm anyone who received them.

The Austin Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manley urged residents to call police with any information. "I don't know what else to say".

Police are appealing to residents to pay attention to their surroundings. During the more than 25 minute statement, Conditt described himself as a "psychopath" and said he feels as though he has been disturbed since childhood, a person confirmed to CBS News' senior investigative producer Pat Milton.

"We still want our community to remain vigilant as we always should given the day and time we live now".



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