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I got shot in the arse with a BB gun at 35mph

Old 04-16-08, 08:33 PM
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I got shot in the arse with a BB gun at 35mph

Yeah. Cruising down a nice hill today at 35mph on a beautiful sunny day, some punks in a pickup shot me. I finished the ride with no problems, but I now have a huge welt on my arse three days before a planned century. They were going way too fast to get a license plate, and I was too shocked to pay attention. I was also focused on avoiding a huge wreck with one hand in the drops and one on my backside.

I saw the end of the "weapon" and some cheering inside the pickup.

Kids these days.

Trying to HTFU about this, but still annoyed.
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Old 04-16-08, 08:49 PM
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That sucks. Jerks. What part of the bay area did this happen in? Description of the pickup?
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Old 04-16-08, 09:05 PM
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That sucks...At least your alright..
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Old 04-16-08, 09:05 PM
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"What part of the bay area did this happen in? Description of the pickup?"

It happened heading north on San Pablo Dam Road in the East Bay, near the reservoir. It was a old brown pickup containing two idiots. I was a bit shocked and they were going fast, so I didn't get a good look.
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I'd let the coppers know. Check the local High School parking lots for the brown pick up.
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I would report it to local law enforcement. It could constitute assault, and driving to endanger.

Even if they don't get caught for this incident, the object is to establish a pattern of assault so when they are caught it is harder for them to wiggle around it.
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Old 04-16-08, 09:15 PM
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Definitely tell the police.

A cyclist in Seattle was shot by a BB (apparently fired from a modified handgun) last Fall and it put him in the hospital.

https://petermckay.blogspot.com/2007/...mute-home.html
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Old 04-16-08, 09:26 PM
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Let's all hope they crashed and died on the way home. I'm a jackass.



By the way, I'm not serious. But it really does suck for you. I don't know how I'd react in the same situation...stunned as you were, I'd imagine.

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Old 04-16-08, 09:27 PM
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Did you get a plate number? This is a serious matter, you should talk to the police. They may not be able to do anything right away, but at least they have it on record.
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Old 04-16-08, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by jimbud View Post
I'd let the coppers know. Check the local High School parking lots for the brown pick up.
good idea
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Old 04-16-08, 09:36 PM
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I carry a camera in my frame bag, always at the ready to take a snap. At 8.2 MP I'm hoping they can CSI the license plate and the face in the reflection of the rear view mirror.

Seriously though, they camera could help, and report it. If they do it again they may get nailed.
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Old 04-16-08, 09:41 PM
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There are rednecks in the Bay Area? I thought they all just sat around and sipped wine or something.
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Holy crap, powpow - what time of day was it? I'm often riding up SPDR, and was on that stretch yesterday afternoon, was it just after you got into the 50mph zone or further north? Honestly I'm troubled; I've never had any issues out there and felt pretty safe since it's normally full of cyclists.

I'm very glad you're OK, but completely agree with everyone elses comments about contacting the police. Next time it might not be a BB.

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Old 04-16-08, 09:50 PM
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I just posted a link to this thread in NorCal.
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Originally Posted by shakeNbake View Post
Did you get a plate number?

did you read the whole post?
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Old 04-16-08, 10:06 PM
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ouch dude, ouch. worst i've gotten is the 30mph car along side me at 25mph honking/yelling to try and startle me.
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Old 04-16-08, 10:18 PM
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damn, i think i wouldve swerved and crashed, props to you!!!

but on that note, im sorry to hear this happened, but ya teenagers... they're the worst, i was splashed with water from the front but at least i saw it coming
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Old 04-16-08, 10:19 PM
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So, that's a road I'm on frequently. Didn't think that happened around here. As far as the "check the local high school" comments -- good luck. Not really a possibility around here. That sucks. a lot.
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I ride that road from time to time also - I hope they shoot their eyes out!

Good job staying upright.

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Originally Posted by powpow View Post
...It was a old brown pickup containing two idiots...
Ooh, gonna have to be a bit more descript than that. "Pickup" and "idiot" happen to complement each other very nicely...
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Geez. Never mind the HTFU, you get a pass -- most of us would be wussy when it comes to BBs in the *ss.

So sorry for your pain; hope you got them (it?) removed.

Oh, and file that report. Soon, while it's still fresh.

Hope your next ride is uneventful.
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106 View Post
There are rednecks in the Bay Area? I thought they all just sat around and sipped wine or something.
You were coming into El Sobrante - famous for the three dead Hells Angels found buried in a vacant lot. I used to live there and I can see what happened to you as some local's idea of entertainment. Glad you weren't hurt and didn't crash. It's an OK place, for the most part, once you get used to the native customs.
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Originally Posted by ILUVUK View Post
Let's all hope they crashed and died on the way home. I'm a jackass.
By the way, I'm not serious. But it really does suck for you. I don't know how I'd react in the same situation...stunned as you were, I'd imagine.
I see nothing wrong with hoping that punks who think it's funny to engage in assault with a deadly weapon meet their maker. Not at all.
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Old 04-17-08, 03:40 AM
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That was assault. Simple as that. They had full intention of injuring you especially since they were wielding an air rifle in a truck. Report it to the Police.
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A cheap, made in China spring action BB gun firing traditional round BB's isn't likely to penetrate one's body (except the eyes, of course.) There are high quality air rifles that develop 1000 fps velocities and especially if loaded with pointed pellets, can kill you. Any BB gun attack should be treated as a serious assault.
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