Television Station Employee Shot Outside Station Near Waco

Television Station Employee Shot Outside Station Near Waco
Photo Courtesy: KCEN-TV (NBC Affiliate)
Photo Courtesy: KCEN-TV (NBC Affiliate)

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KXXV – Waco (NewsWest 9 Sister Station)


BRUCEVILLE-EDDY -UPDATE: DPS officials say the man taken into custody in Bruceville-Eddy is not the gunman from the KCEN shooting. He ran from police in the area because he had warrants for his arrest. At this time, police are still searching for the shooter.

It reportedly took a while to confirm he was not the shooter because he doesn't speak English.

The person in custody was found by law enforcement surrounding a house on Hudson Lane earlier. Authorities performed gunshot residue tests on the man.


BRUCEVILLE-EDDY - Police are searching near Bruceville-Eddy for a suspect who shot a KCEN meteorologist multiple times Wednesday morning outside the local TV station's parking lot.

The shooting happened near the 300 block of the I-35 southbound access road, in the parking lot of KCEN's studio. Police say the victim, identified as KCEN morning meteorologist Patrick Crawford, has been taken to Scott & White in Temple with multiple gunshot wounds. DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson says he is in surgery.

Authorities say the shooter walked up behind Crawford as he got in his car. They exchanged words, and the suspect then shot Crawford, who managed to drive away and flag down a nearby construction worker. Construction workers performed first aid before Crawford was taken to Scott & White.

The shooter is described as a white man, 30 to 35 years old, with a receding hairline, and was wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans. He has a semi-automatic handgun. The relationship between the shooter and Crawford is unknown at this time.

The shooter is believed to be on foot and considered to be armed and dangerous. A perimeter is being set up by DPS, the Falls County Sheriff's Office, and local police. Helicopters and tracking dogs have been called to help search for the suspect. DPS is telling residents to stay inside and lock their door as they search for him.

Authorities have surrounded a house that they believe the suspect is in on Hudson Ln.

Bruceville-Eddy ISD schools have been put on lockdown as a precaution. KCEN was also put on lockdown as police investigated.