It’s bad enough that we have to dodge distracted drivers and oversized SUVs without worrying about getting shot. But that’s L.A. for you.
A rider was shot in the back in Highland Park last night when participants in a Midnight Ridazz ride were confronted by a group of reputed gang members. Evidently, events escalated after the riders were taunted as they passed a house, and some of the riders responded in kind.
According to posts on the Ridazz forum, the victim may have been saved when the bullet passed through his backpack; at last word, he had been treated and released, though surgery may be needed at a later date to remove the bullet. In addition, another rider was knocked off her bike, and one or more bikes may have been stolen.
At almost exactly the same time, another rider was also shot in the back, this time in Pacoima. According to police, the victim is expected to survive.
My heart and prayers go out to both victims, with wishes for a speedy recovery.
If you have any information on either shooting, please contact the police.
And be careful out there. Because cars and trucks that go bump in the night aren’t the only things you have to watch out for.