Bicyclist Shot With Flare Gun During Road Rage Incident
The 24 year old Seattle man says a dispute over a bike lane led to violence.
Darren Dedo Staff reporter
8:03 PM PDT, June 12, 2009
SEATTLE - Seattle Police are investigating a strange case of road rage that happened downtown. A 24 year old bicyclist says a pickup truck driver shot him with a flare gun after a verbal confrontation over a bike lane.
Christian Coomer told his story exclusively to Q13 Fox News. Last weekend Coomer says he found a pickup driver that didn't share his love of sharing the road.
"Basically, the dude stopped at the light right next to me and started screaming at me," said Coomer.
According Christian he was riding his bike near 1st Avenue and Seneca Street when the driver cut into his bike lane and started jawing with him.
"I yelled back at him, there was no contact didn't hit his car, didn't hit me," said Coomer.
Coomer says the heated altercation with the driver last for nearly 13 blocks until it ended in violence at 1st Avenue and Edgar Martinez Drive
"Passed me and reached out the passenger side window and just shot a flare gun at me, grazed my arm and then exploded behind me," said Coomer.
Despite a singed right forearm Coomer stayed on his bike and chased after the truck.
"So, I called 911 and started following the guy with one hand on the phone and one hand on the bike, I lost him when he started running red lights," said Coomer.
Chris says the guy who shot him is white in his late 20's or early 30's with facial hair. He was driving a late 80's model gray Nissan or Toyota pickup truck with a sliver canopy.
Coomer feels lucky to have only suffered a minor injury to his arm.
"Had it been my torso or my face and exploded on me it could have been really bad," said Coomer.
The 24 year old bicyclist is really upset about someone shooting at him over a beef with a bike lane.
"I think he was clearly insane, clearly insane anyone that would shoot a flare gun at someone just because they start an argument is crazy," said Coomer.
If you have any information about this case or the suspect's pickup truck call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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