Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Law enforcement officers set up near a command post while looking for a gunman who shot a weather forecaster during an altercation outside the KCEN-TV studio along Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (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.

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.

The station website reports 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.

The shooter fled. No motive has been released. Authorities are using dogs in their search for the shooter.

Crawford underwent surgery at a Temple hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately released.

Managers of the NBC affiliate for the Waco-Temple-Killeen area didn’t immediately return messages.

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