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KPFT Needs Help Finding Shooter

A local listener-supported radio station is asking for a different kind of support. The Pacifica station KPFT wants the community to help identify a suspect who shot a bullet into their studio earlier this week. Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports. At about 1am on Monday morning, a bullet tore through the front window of […]

A local listener-supported radio station is asking for a different kind of support. The Pacifica station KPFT wants the community to help identify a suspect who shot a bullet into their studio earlier this week. Houston Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports.

At about 1am on Monday morning, a bullet tore through the front window of the KPFT studio. It narrowly missed the announcer who was hosting a zydeco music show at the time. This isn’t the first time the station has come under attack. The old location downtown was bombed twice in the 1970s. As recently as last year, a listener showed up in the parking lot with a shotgun and attempted to get in the building. KPFT’s General Manager Duane Bradley says this was an attack on the freedom of speech and safety of the community.

“We’re asking for your help to find who did this to stop this. This is a heinous crime, this is a hate crime. This is a crime against each and every one of us and we won’t stand for that. And we’re all here today to express that outrage.”

Bradley was joined by a number of community members, Houston City Councilwoman Ada Edwards who is also a volunteer programmer at the station, City Controller Annise Parker and the Crime Stoppers of Houston. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. Bradley says in the meantime, they’re adding extra security measures and are looking into the possibility of raising $24,000 to install bullet proof glass on the windows. Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Executive Producer for News

Laurie Johnson leads daily news coverage for HPM. She helps reporters craft and sharpen their stories on tight deadlines, with the aim of getting the most relevant and current information into local newscasts. Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. She is...

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