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Manhunt underway after meteorologist shot outside Texas TV station

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Dec 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-17 14:45:57-05

EDDY, Tex. — Police in Central Texas are searching for a gunman who wounded a meteorologist outside a Waco area television station Wednesday morning.

KWTX reports that police and state troopers were dispatched to KCEN after the victim was shot in the parking lot outside KCEN’s Eddy studio around 9:30 a.m.

KCEN identified the victim as Patrick Crawford, a meteorologist who appears on the station’s morning news broadcast.

Trooper D.L Wilson with the Department Of Public Safety said that Crawford suffered multiple gunshot wounds before he managed to jump in his vehicle and drive away.  Authorities said the victim  managed to drive away and alert a construction worker.

“The bullet-riddled Ford Mustang ended up about 200 feet from the station,” KWTX reported.

At last check, Crawford was undergoing surgery at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple.

Trooper D.L Wilson

Trooper D.L Wilson

Bell County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Cox said Bell County deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers were hunting for the suspect.

The suspect remains at large. He is described as a white male, between 30-35 years old with a receding hairline. Additionally, he was wearing a black hoodie, sweatshirt and dark jeans.