Authorities were searching for a gunman after a TV meteorologist was shot multiple times during an altercation Wednesday in a Central Texas TV station’s parking lot.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the shooting occurred around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday outside KCEN-TV’s rural studio on Interstate 35 near Bruceville-Eddy, 75 miles north of Austin. No motive has been determined and it is unclear if the shooter has any ties to the station.
The station website reports the suspect exchanged words with the victim, on-air meteorologist Patrick Crawford, before pulling out a handgun and shooting several times. Crawford backed his car away from the shooter and drove up to a highway construction crew that called 911. Jim Hice, the station’s news director, says Crawford was wounded in the shoulder and the abdomen.
The shooter, described as a white male in his 30s, fled the scene and police have not yet determined a possible motive.
WacoTrib.com reported that Crawford was stable and resting after undergoing surgery. It is believed Crawford was hit at least two times, but authorities recovered at least 12 shells at the scene.
Trooper D.L. Wilson said law enforcement was constructing a forensic map of the scene and said it was still not clear if Crawford knew the suspect.
Authorities stopped a man who tried to flee when confronted by police during the search, the paper reported. But the man was ruled out as a suspect and was reportedly running due to outstanding warrants.
Police were taking precaution and schools in the districted were in lockdown during the hunt. Employees at the station were not allowed to leave until the evening.