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Texas meteorologist shot in television station parking lot

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Patrick Crawford, KCEN-TV

Patrick Crawford, KCEN-TV

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas — 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.

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.

“There was a lot of shock, disbelief, and confusion. We really didn’t know what to think, what to make of it,” KCEN-TV stated in an article about the incident.

The victim, on-air meteorologist Patrick 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.

Crawford underwent surgery at a Temple hospital. A hospital spokesman says he’s in fair condition.

The shooter fled. No motive has been released.