UPDATE: One dead, 3 critical after helicopter crash

Published: Oct. 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, TX_ An air evac helicopter carrying 3 passengers and one patient crashed early Saturday morning in Wichita Falls.

One person died, the other 3 are listed in critical condition.

The air evac team was based out of Duncan and was transporting a gun shot victim to United Regional in Wichita Falls when it crashed at 9th and Grace.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is now assisting the Waurika Police in the shooting.

OSBI's PIO, Jessica Brown, released a statement about the shooting saying 26-year-old Buddy Rhodes was shot inside an apartment at 531 E. D Ave. around 11:30 Friday night.

Crews loaded Rhodes onto an air evac flight intended for United Regional, but the helicopter never made it. Officials say the aircraft went down around 2 a.m.

Rhodes died in the crash, pilot Zechariah Smith, flight nurse Leslie Stewart, and flight paramedic Erasmus Vandercolff IV are all listed in critical condition.

Smith is being treated at United Regional, while Stewart and Vandercolff were taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

The helicopter team is a part of Air Evac Lifeteam 25 and based out of Duncan.

On the teams facebook page comments of thoughts and prayers have already poured in throughout the day; many from friends and relatives, but some from other lifeteams.

Meanwhile, both the shooting and the crash are under investigation. No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

A prayer vigil is being held in Duncan Saturday night for the crew aboard the air evac flight.