(WACO, Texas) — An eyewitness recounted how he rushed to his truck to get paper towels to help stop the bleeding for a Texas meteorologist who was shot outside his television station earlier this week.
“He said ‘I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot. I’m in terrible pain. Help me please!'” Richard Dieter told ABC News of the moment he saw Patrick Crawford early Wednesday.
“[I] went and got some paper towels out of my truck and we held those on his wounds and five to six minutes later, the state trooper showed up,” Deiter said.
Deiter’s account comes shortly after the reward was increased to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the shooting. Crawford, a meteorologist at KCEN-TV in Waco, Texas is still recovering, as law enforcement officials search for his attacker.
The Falls County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that an anonymous donor had donated $5,000 in addition to the $5,000 that had already been offered by authorities for information leading to an arrest in the case.
“We’re going to do everything we can to find this person,” said KCEN producer Crystal Pratt. “Someone knows who this person is.”
KCEN News Director Jim Hice described the sound of the shooting, saying he “never thought it would happen here.”
“I heard the ‘pop, pop, pop, pop,'” he added.
Crawford was able to drive away and flag down help even though he had been shot twice. He remained at an area hospital Sunday, where he was recovering from his injuries.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said they hope the reward and sketch will help them track down the gunman.
“It’s a good thing because we can get information out there quicker than we could 15, 20, 30 years ago,” D.L Wilson, a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety, told ABC News affiliate KXXV-TV in Waco, Texas. “We still want people to keep calling in because this is what’s going to help us solve the case.”
Law enforcement is asking that anyone with information related to the shooting call Falls County Crime Stoppers at (254) 883-3105.
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