BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (KXAN/AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument. KCEN-TV reported the incident on its website saying morning meteorologist Patrick Crawford was shot after exchanging words with the suspect in the station’s Bruceville-Eddy parking lot.Crawford then backed his car away from the shooter and drove up to a highway construction crew that called 911.
Heavily armed police roped off their parking lot and have a presence at the station. Meanwhile, crews from KXXV-TV and KWTX-TV, who were outside the perimeter set up around the station Wednesday morning and afternoon, report the Crawford’s car has multiple bullet holes.
Pictures from the parking lot show multiple evidence markers set up in the parking lot, indicating multiple shots were fired.
The Texas Department of Public Safety tells KXAN that Crawford did not know the suspect.
Crawford was rushed to Scott & White Hospital in Temple for treatment. He is now in stable condition and resting, according to KCEN News Director Jim Hice.
SWAT teams were called to a nearby home where the suspect was believed to be hiding. A person who troopers described as a “possible suspect” was taken into custody just before 2 p.m. It was later determined that person was not connected to the shooting.
Bruceville-Eddy is about 75 miles north of Austin.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.