Local and federal authorities have cleared the crime scene on Galindo Street where a package exploded Monday critically injuring a 75-year-old woman.
She is the third victim in a string of exploding package attacks.
The first victim was 39-year-old Anthony House. The second, 17-year-old Draylen Mason. Both of them died as a result of the explosions.
Neighbors said the third victim is 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera, known to her neighbors as "Hope."
Isidro Gonzales said he was out of town when an explosion rocked his street in East Austin.
“I came back yesterday and I saw all this. I couldn't believe it,” said Gonzales.
As Gonzales pulled up to his driveway, he could see the ATF collecting evidence just a few homes away at the scene where a package exploded Monday.
Gonzales said he knows the victim as Hope.
“She's real friendly, Hope is real friendly and when I see her, we'll talk,” Gonzales said.
Police said the package was not left by any official mail delivery service.
Gonzales said he's surprised no one in his busy neighborhood caught a glimpse of the person who put it there.
“I think this happened at night and they got it in the morning and opened it up and it blew up in her face,” said Gonzales.
Hope used to live with her mother on Galindo street, but she has since moved out of the neighborhood.
“She would come and see her mother every day and make sure if she needs anything from the store,” said Gonzales.
Police said Herrera was critically injured in the blast.
“I've heard that she's had two surgeries already so I don't know how bad she is,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales now anxiously awaits the day he gets to see Hope again.
“All we can do is keep them in our prayers,” said Gonzales.
Gonzales can't stop thinking about why the explosive device was left on that doorstep. He said it's driven fear into all of his neighbors who now think twice before picking up any mail.
“We're going to be careful now around here,” Gonzales said.
There is a combined $65,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. Tips should be submitted to CrimeStoppers or Austin police.