The San Diego Mountain Bike Association is warning mountain bikers to be careful when riding in the area around Lake Hodges after a rider was shot and had his bike stolen on a bike path near I-15. A police advisory describes the confrontation.
A 37 year old male was riding his bicycle eastbound on the bike path under I-15 when a male suspect, jumped out from behind the rocks. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his bike. The victim raised his hands and the suspect shot four times at the victim, striking the victim once in the hand. The victim jumped off his bike and ran the way he came. The suspect rode off in an unknown direction. The victim was transported to the hospital for his injury. The suspect was described as an unknown race male, 6’2″, thin and wearing all black clothing. SDPD’s Robbery detectives were notified.
While it’s unclear from the police report, community members report the bike that was stolen is a full suspension, orange Niner mountain bike. The attack was said to happen under a freeway bridge.
Unfortunately there isn’t a great description of the suspect, so area bikers should be vigilant and also keep a look out for an orange Niner that may be abandoned or for sale.
We’ll update this story as we receive additional information.