Maybe they didn’t get the memo.
As most cyclists know, the way to get away with killing a bike rider in this country is to run him down with your car, then claim you just didn’t see him.
Yet SoCal criminals insist on using a gun, instead.
For the 5th time in the last 6 months, a bike rider has been shot and killed, this time on the 6800 block of Laurel Canyon Blvd in North Hollywood. The Times reports that the victim has not been identified yet.
According to KABC-7, the shooting occurred around 1:40 this morning; police arrived to find a man in his early 20s lying in the street next to his bike, dead from a single gunshot wound to the torso.
At about the same time, a nearby sheriff’s deputy chased a white ’95 Chevrolet Astro Van after seeing five or six people take off in it, but lost it in a solo pursuit. It was later discovered abandoned several miles away at the intersection of Sherman Way and Tyrone Ave; KABC reports police have identified the van’s owner, and that it has not been reported stolen.
Not surprisingly, the killing is suspected to be gang-related.
It’s almost refreshing to hear that a criminal has used a car as an escape vehicle instead of as a murder weapon… although it’s still extremely unsettling that bicycles were also the escape vehicles in last week’s cyclist-on-cyclist shooting in Stanton and fatal cyclist-on-pedestrian shooting in San Bernardino.
First off, I am very sorry that this person died so young, so violently.
But I’m not sure this counts as a ‘cycling’ fatality. If it was gang related, this would have happened had he been standing on the street, walking, or sitting on his front porch. The fact that he was on a bike is kind of tangential here, isn’t it?
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