Texas TV weatherman shot outside his news station, suspect still at large
Authorities near Waco, Texas are looking for the man who shot a local weatherman before fleeing the scene, KHOU-TV reported.
The suspect allegedly approached the victim, KCEN-TV meteorologist Patrick Crawford, on Wednesday morning as Crawford was getting into his car outside the station’s offices in Bruceville-Eddy. KCEN reported that the two men “exchanged words” before the man pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot Crawford several times.
Crawford managed to drive about 200 yards away from the scene before crashing into a feeder road for Interstate 35. Construction workers in the area helped him while calling for medical assistance. Crawford underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition as of Wednesday night. Police said the suspect left the area on foot.
KCEN’s studios were closed for most of the day while authorities interviewed staff members, but the station continued to report on the shooting and published reactions from several of Crawford’s colleagues to the shooting.
“It was terrifying. It was terrifying,” assistant news director Matt Gebhard said. “And to be holed up in that room and not able to do anything about it, I think, was the toughest part.”
Authorities interviewed one man as a person of interest in the shooting, but the man was later released and not identified as a suspect.
Watch KHOU’s report, as aired on Wednesday, below.