A man shot and wounded a central Texas television meteorologist in the news station's parking lot as he left the building after this morning's broadcast. The station, KCEN in Waco and Killeen, reports that morning show meteorologist Patrick Crawford was in the parking lot when a man came up to him and "exchanged words" with Crawford shortly before firing several shots with a semi-automatic hand gun.

Crawford managed to drive away from the scene for help before being transported to the hospital for treatment and surgery. The station now reports that Crawford is in recovery and "doing well." Authorities are still looking for the suspect, whom they describe as a white male in his 30s, wearing a dark hoodie and dark jeans.

At 7:08 AM, a couple of hours before the shooting, Crawford posted an image to his Instagram account showing the news team posing after he won an ugly sweater contest. According to his staff bio, after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a degree in meteorology, Crawford had previously worked at news stations in Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona, and Illinois before going to KCEN.

[Video: Crawford presenting a forecast for WDSU in New Orleans in January 2012, via YouTube]

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