Police Treated First Austin Bombing Victim as a Suspect Before Two New Explosions Proved Them Wrong


AUSTIN, Texas—A 15-year-old aspiring rapper named Isaiah Guerrero was in his bedroom recording a track on Monday morning when a bomb exploded outside his window.

“I was flowing,” he said, “I was freestyling, and I felt it. My whole body shook.” He climbed to his roof and saw smoke rising from a nearby house. Paramedics arrived and carried an elderly woman out on a stretcher and transported her to the hospital, where she remains in critical condition, police said, the victim of a mysterious parcel bomber terrorizing Austin’s impoverished East Side, whose residents are primarily African-American and Hispanic.

It was the second attack of the morning and the third in 11 days. The Austin Police Department is now facing tough questions about why it didn’t warn the public after the…

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