Cyclist's arm 'blew up' in random shooting during bike 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. He was in hospital in with serious injuries. (Photo: Facebook/QMI Agency)

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Police in B.C. are looking for any information about the "brazen, unprovoked" shooting that shattered a cyclist's elbow.

"I was surprised by explosions next to me, originally thinking they were firecrackers. But suddenly my right forearm blew up and I could feel the warmth of the blood now covering my leg," Craig Premack, 59, of Burnaby, said Tuesday morning at a press conference.

"I now realized I had been shot, so I pedaled faster to escape," he said.

On June 1, Premack was riding southbound along Highway 1 near Spences Bridge around 1 a.m. when several shots were fired, police said. Both Premack and his bike were hit. He was taken to hospital after fellow cyclists in the Cache Creek 600 km road race found him.

Police said someone fled the scene in a pickup truck. They also received reports earlier that same day of two men in a pickup throwing objects at some of the other cyclists as they went by.

The shooting appears to be random, police said.

"The victim in this crime did nothing to deserve or provoke this potentially deadly attack," Supt. Brendan Fitzpatrick said Tuesday, appealing for even "the smallest piece of information" that could help police identify a suspect or suspects.

Premack made a personal appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

"The outcome could be tragic should this happen again," he said.


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