Cable Guy Shot While Installing Cable

A cable TV installer was shot and seriously wounded this afternoon when he was stringing cable at a west side apartment, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Police say Kyle Ballard, 30, was on a ladder outside the back door of an apartment on Merida Street, on the city's west side, when a bullet from a large caliber handgun, fired from inside an apartment, struck him in the stomach.

The victim fell off the ladder and ran into a nearby apartment, where he collapsed.  He was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

Witnesses told police what the suspects looked like, and a man and a woman matching that description were stopped nearby and are being questioned.

No word on a possible motive, but one resident of the apartment told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board that crime in the area is so bad, pizza restaurants have stopped delivering there.

PHOTO' MICHAEL BOARD

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