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22 March, 2018

WATCH: Raw video: Austin police give update on investigation involving bombings suspect RELATED: What we know about Austin serial bombing suspectThe mayor of Pflugerville, an Austin suburb not far from the site of the first of four bombings, said the suspect lived in his city, just two blocks from his house.

Investigators noted he researched addresses online in Cedar Park and Austin and apparently was aiming to use them as targets, KVUE reported, quoting sources close to the investigation.

"Get your hands up", the team said to whoever may still be in the house, according to a WFAA reporter. That explosion led authorities to another suspicious package at the FedEx facility in southeast Austin.

Manley said the suspect's identify wouldn't be officially released until the medical examiner confirmed it and his next of kin are notified.

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The first two bombs killed black men, raising fears they were part of a hate crime, but investigators said the blasts that came later and were more random made that less likely.

Authorities in Texas said they found additional explosives and bomb-making components during a search of the home of a man suspected of terrorizing the state capital with a series of explosive attacks this month.

Conditt attended Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012 but did not graduate, school spokeswoman Jessica Vess said in an email. He was never confrontational.

According to police, the man set off an explosive device in his auto at the side of a highway after a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team had tracked down the suspect at a hotel near Round Rock, a city about 30 km north of Austin, police said.

But the police chief cautioned that there may be other devices out there because they "don't know where the suspect has been the past 24 hours".

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Authorities also said they did not know his motive.

Police reportedly used a blend of security video, cell phone technology and receipts to track down the suspect.

Before those personnel arrived, the suspect vehicle started to drive away and authorities followed.

He then pulled off the road onto the frontage road. The suspect blew himself up in a auto as police and SWAT team swarmed in on him for capture.

Another member of the SWAT team fired and, as is standard practice, has been placed on administrative duty while the investigation continues, Manley said. "No injuries were reported", said a joint statement from local and federal authorities. Shaun Valentine, who has lived in Pflugerville for the past year and a half, said his wife heard a loud noise late one night last week and they now wonder if was connected to the Austin explosions.

They later identified his vehicle and spotted it Wednesday night at a hotel in Round Rock, Texas, a few miles north of Austin.

"In the law enforcement mantra of 'stop the killing, ' investigators paid less attention to why or how the suspected bomber was doing his work and instead put all of their efforts and resources into finding him and 'neutralizing the threat, '" the investigator said.

It killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason, a promising student who played stand-up bass in a youth orchestra and was taking college classes while in high school. That explosion injured his mother. Two people died in the string of attacks and multiple others were injured. Those victims are expected to fully recover.

Fifth bombing: At least one person is hurt after a bomb went off at a FedEx plant in Schertz, Texas, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

The second explosion that day happened on Galindo Street in southeast Austin.

It was unclear if that was linked in any way to previous reports of an officer-involved shooting in Austin. It could have maimed any passer-by, police said.


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