Marathon cyclist shot during 600 km B.C. race

This Facebook profile photo is of Craig Premack, 59, of Burnaby, B.C. He was shot Sunday, June 1,...

This Facebook profile photo is of Craig Premack, 59, of Burnaby, B.C. He was shot Sunday, June 1, at 1 a.m. PT, while taking part in a cycling road race. (Photo: Facebook/QMI Agency)

Michael Mui, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

VANCOUVER ó Police have yet to identify a suspect after someone waited at the side of a road and shot a Burnaby, B.C., man participating in a 600-km bicycle marathon early Sunday.

Local media have identified the cyclist as Craig Premack, 59. He remains in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The website sportstats.ca says Premack has been running marathons and taking part in cycling events since 2007.

The shooting happened about 1 a.m. as Premack cycled along Hwy. 1 in Lytton, B.C.

Police believe the shooting was random and Premack was not targeted.

Kelowna RCMP Const. Kris Clark called the shooting concerning because police can't figure out the motive and warned the public may be at risk.

Clark said the cyclists participating in 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."

Premack suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

michael.mui@sunmedia.ca


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