Police call bike marathoner shooting a random act
A Burnaby man who was participating in a 600-kilometre bicycle marathon is in hospital after he was shot by someone police say was apparently waiting at the side of the road with a gun.
Kelowna RCMP Const. Kris Clark called the shooting concerning — the suspect has not been found — since police can’t figure out the motive and the public may be at risk.
The shooting happened Sunday at about 1 a.m. as the 59-year-old victim cycled along Highway 1 in Lytton.
Clark said the cyclists of the Cache Creek 600 ride were spaced out a few minutes apart.
“The information I have suggests the shooter took the shot from a barricaded position off the road,” Clark said.
“We believe he (or she) fled the scene in a pickup truck.”
The injured cyclist remains in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.