By: Julia Deng
EDDY - The gunman who shot a Waco meteorologist in the parking lot of his television station remained at large Wednesday night, according to officials.
Patrick Crawford, the morning meteorologist for NBC affiliate KCEN, was confronted by a man he did not recognize as he got into his car in the station's employee parking lot Monday around 9:15 a.m., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
"There were some words exchanged, the gentleman pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and started firing on [Crawford's] vehicle," said DPS Trooper D. L. Wilson.
Authorities could not confirm what the two spoke about or the nature of their brief conversation.
Crawford suffered multiple gunshot wounds, but was able to shift his car into reverse, back away from the gunman, drive out of the parking lot and across the I-35 access road, where he flagged down nearby construction workers who were able to call for help.
He was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple to undergo surgery.
Hospital officials said Crawford was in "fair condition" Wednesday night and was "resting comfortably."
Friends, family, viewers and fellow meteorologists nationwide have offered an outpouring of support.
"This hit the broadcast meteorology community pretty hard," said NewsWest 9 morning meteorologist Max Crawford. "A lot of people tonight are thinking, 'Wow, that could have been me.' I was glued to every bit of media coverage, wanting to know if he was okay and I was so, so relieved [to hear he was in stable condition]."
Patrick Crawford and his family could not be reached for comment.
Texas Rangers are now heading the ongoing investigation.
The suspect at large is a white male in his mid-30s with little to no hair, wearing jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt.