Murray County authorities continued to search late Wednesday for a couple who shot a north Texas man at an I-35 scenic turnout, carjacked his pickup and then abandoned it two miles from the scene of the crime.


Murray County authorities continued to search late Wednesday for a couple who shot a north Texas man at an I-35 scenic turnout, carjacked his pickup and then abandoned it two miles from the scene of the crime.


Murray County Undersheriff Darryl McCurtain said about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday that information remained sketchy about the pair of carjackers, the reason for their assault on the victim and which direction they might be fleeing.


The victim was at the southbound I-35 scenic turnout near the 49 mile maker, when the couple shot him in the neck and stole his black Dodge pickup. McCurtain said the name of the victim was not being released pending the notification of relatives, but confirmed he was from “the north Texas area.” The undersheriff also provided an update on the man’s condition.


“He was alert and conscious when he was air lifted from the scene by helicopter and taken to an Oklahoma City hospital. Right now (6:30 p.m.) we are told he is undergoing surgery,” McCurtain said.


Before being air lifted the victim was able to give lawmen some information about the attack.
“He said he thought he had been shot with a rifle and that’s what we’re going with right now — some type of long rifle,” McCurtain said.


The victim was also able to provide a brief description of his assailants.


“He said they were a white man and woman, both wearing jeans and T-shirts,” McCurtain said.


Earlier in the afternoon Murray County Sheriff Darin Rogers said deputies had received a report of the shooting and subsequent carjacking about 2 p.m. Rogers said a short time later the victim’s pickup was discovered abandoned on an I-35 ramp near the 47 mile marker. OSBI crime lab technicians were called in to assist in processing the crime scenes.


At the time Rogers said it was believed the couple was traveling in a Ford pickup with Pennsylvania license plates. Authorities continued to search for the couple and the pickup, but by early evening McCurtain confirmed lawmen were not certain which direction the couple was fleeing.