cyclist shot during Randonneur race in bc canada
VANCOUVER – Police say a man is recovering in hospital after being shot while participating in a cycling event early Sunday morning.
Global News has identified the victim as 59-year-old Craig Premack from Burnaby. He is an avid cyclist and racer, who travels around the province with the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club, and was one of three-dozen cyclists taking part in the event this weekend.
Lytton RCMP say at about 1 a.m. they received a report that a cyclist had been shot on Highway 1 just south of Spences Bridge while participating in the Cache Creek 600.
Premack was hit in the forearm and suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to a local hospital and has since been released.
Police say the incident does not appear to be targeted and that the suspect fled in a pickup truck. There is no description available at this time.
Cst. Kris Clark with the Southeast District RCMP says Premack had just passed the halfway point when he was shot. “Spences Bridge is a populated area, but this happened about three kilometres south,” says Clark.
Premack was alone, but was found a few minutes after the incident by two other cyclists also taking part in the event.
The investigation continues and police are looking to speak to anyone who has any information about what happened, the suspect or the pickup truck.
“We’ve established I think the ‘what, when and where,” says Clark. “The two remaining questions are ‘who’ and ‘why’.”
“We’re trying to understand why something like this would happen. By all intents and purposes this does appear to be a random act.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The Cache Creek 600 is an annual 600 km cycling event that starts in Maple Ridge on Saturday morning, goes to Cache Creek and ends in Maple Ridge on Sunday. The cyclists are expected back in the Lower Mainland Sunday evening.
I do not have tv so haven't heard too much about what happened, basic cbc news, one article said hit in upper body, another his arm. He likely crashed. Very scary! Apparently, someone in the Sooke BC area is shooting randomly at the public transit buses and bus drivers say when it happens there are pedestrians, cyclists, etc around that could get hurt. I've read threads about people cycling through sketchy parts of US cities and whether they should have protection or just ride fast, but Canada? I would worry about cycling through rural areas wth bored teenagers and yahoos shooting for fun. I often find bullet shells up in the woods near mountain biking trails where such activities are not even allowed.
I wish Craig a full recovery and hope it will not create so much fear that he abandons racing, but would not blame him for wanting to stay close to home.
Last edited by Heatherbikes; 06-02-14 at 12:43 PM.
This wasn't a "race," it was a 600 km brevet that went out and back between Maple Ridge (in BC's Lower Mainland near Vancouver) thru the wild Fraser (River) Canyon, then along the Thompson River to the crossroads town of Cache Creek way out in BC's hinterlands.
I had just passed thru Spences Bridge (about 50 km south of Cache Creek) on the return leg about three hours before Craig, so I didn't find out that there had been a shooting until I was close to the end of the ride, when I was overtaken by three riders who had left one of the later manned controls after me. My wife Carole was managing the Spences Bridge control, and Craig had left at about 12:45 am. A few minutes later, three other riders left. Fifteen minutes later, one of the three returned to tell her that they'd come upon Craig and his bike, leaning against a blood-splattered concrete barrier. (She had to ride back since cell phone reception in this area is VERY spotty.) At this point, about 3 km south of Spences, there's the Thompson River on one side of the road, and then rocks or range land on the other. There's nowhere to pull off this two-lane section of road, so I have no idea where the shooter would have parked a pickup truck, unless he'd just stopped to take a pot shot. Anyway, Carole jumped in her car and drove down while the hotel manager called the cops and ambulance. Craig had the presence of mind to slow the bleeding by using one of his leg warmers to staunch or tourniquet the blood.
There are a couple of ride reports on the BC Randonneurs web site. Keith Fraser's article is quite detailed (he works for the Province newspaper). BC Randonneurs Cycling Club
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Originally Posted by lhbernhardt
Thanks for that report.
I was stunned when I heard about this.