22-year-old injured in tripwire blast had nails embedded in leg

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william grote III_ - Dawn Song Drive bombing victim

The two men who were injured in Sunday night’s tripwire bomb remain hospitalized in good condition Tuesday afternoon.

One of the victims has been identified by his family as 22-year-old William Grote III. His family lives in the cul-de-sac on Dawn Song Drive — the bomb exploded approximately 100 feet away from his house. 

Grote’s grandfather, William Grote, says the attack left what appeared to be nails embedded in his grandson’s knees and the artery on his right leg was also severed.

The 22-year-old was riding a bike in the street as his friend was on the sidewalk when they crossed the tripwire. The grandfather says the blast knocked “them both off their feet” and left them “bleeding profusely.”

Grote says it was so dark they couldn’t see a wire. Authorities believe the wire was attached to a package that was placed near a fence on one side and then possibly anchored to a sign on the other. 

Since the blast was so close to Grote’s home, his father, William Grote II, ran out of his home and found his son and friend lying on the ground bleeding. The grandfather says the 23-year-old friend suffered more serious wounds because he was on the side closest to the bomb. 

The Grote family says the 22-year-old could be released from the hospital within the next couple of days. 

The bombing in southwest Austin was the fourth bombing in Austin over a span of three weeks. Previous explosions have killed two people and injured two others. 

With additional reporting by the Associated Press. 

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