TIMELINE: Austin bombings

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Authorities on Dawn Song Drive after a bombing on the street on March 18, 2018

In the first three weeks of March, Austin has been hit by four bombings that are believed to be connected.

This timeline of events will be updated as the investigation progresses:

Friday, March 2

6:55 a.m. Package bomb explodes on a front porch at 1112 Haverford Dr. in northwest Austin, killing 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House.

Monday, March 12

6:44 a.m.Package bomb brought inside a home at 4806 Oldfort Hill Dr. in east Austin explodes in the kitchen, killing 17-year-old Draylen Mason and injuring his mother.

11:50 a.m. – Package bomb outside southeast Austin home at 6708 Galindo St. explodes when picked up by 75-year-old Esperanza Morena Herrera, who was critically injured by the blast.

2:30 p.m. – Gov. Greg Abbott announces a $15,000 reward for info leading to the identification and arrest of the person or people responsible. 

Tuesday, March 13

4 p.m. – Austin Police Department announces $50,000 reward on top of governor’s $15,000 reward.

Sunday, March 18

2 p.m. – Reward increases to a total of $115,000. Chief Manley, addressing person or people responsible, pleads with them to come forward before anyone else is injured or killed. 

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.

Monday, March 19

1:30 a.m. – In an early morning update, Chief Manley says it is “very possible” the fourth bomb was triggered by a trip wire next to the road. He expands his warning about suspicious packages to all suspicious items, urging people to call 911 rather than touch or move them themselves.

2:30 p.m. – Gov. Abbott’s office issues $265,500 in emergency funding for APD to purchase seven portable x-ray machines.

Tuesday, March 20

12:30 a.m.Package explodes at FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas — just northeast of San Antonio. The package was sent from a FedEx store at 5601 Brodie Ln. in south Austin. The package, which exploded during sorting, was bound for an Austin address.

6:19 a.m.Suspicious package found at FedEx facility at 4117 McKinney Falls Pkwy in southeast Austin. A source told NBC News officials were going to blow up a suspected bomb found at the facility, which is next to the Austin airport. 

9 a.m. – The FedEx store on Brodie Lane is closed and cordoned off by police.

Wednesday, March 21

12:00 a.m. – Authorities swarm a home in the heart of Pflugerville and tell residents nearby to shelter in place.

2:00 a.m. – Police and federal agents were following the suspect as he tried to drive away from a hotel where he was staying. The suspect got stuck in a ditch and a standoff ensued. The suspect triggered an explosive device, killing himself and knocking a SWAT officer to the ground. Another SWAT officer shot the suspect. 

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