Meteorologist speaks to public for first time after shooting

This image provided by KCEN-TV shows an undated photo of KCEN-TV's meteorologist Patrick Crawford. (AP Photo)

TEMPLE, Texas (KXAN) – The meteorologist gunned down in a television station parking lot in Bruceville-Eddy says he’s on the road to recovery. After the attack last week, Patrick Crawford hopes to be home by Christmas.

On Monday afternoon, Crawford’s family wheeled him up to the podium at Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital for his first public words after a gunman tried to kill him.

“Things are improving, slowly getting better. It’s been a long process. Lots of pain, but the doctors here, the nurses here do a great job making sure I’m comfortable,” said Crawford.

He still has a lot of questions about that day.

“The man that shot me didn’t say any words to me. There was no interaction whatsoever. He just started shooting at me as I was leaving the parking lot,” said Crawford. He was shot several times in the abdomen and bullets also grazed his shoulder and head. He says he did not recognize the shooter.

Several surgeries later doctors say he’s making progress. Crawford’s main goal is recovery.

“My main focus is just to continue to get better, to get healthy and to get home for me and my family,” said Crawford. Doctors say he’ll be able to go home in the next few days.

He said he appreciates the well wishes, especially on social media. But he and the doctors at Scott and White ask for people to respect his and his family’s privacy.

While a sketch of the gunman was released last week, authorities are still searching for him.

DPS sketch of the man suspected of shooting a KCEN meteorologist.
DPS sketch of the man suspected of shooting a KCEN meteorologist.

The reward for information leading to an arrest rose from $5,000 to $10,000 thanks to a “anonymous” donation. KCEN also announced that the station donated $10,000 – to raise the reward to $20,000.

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