Update: Bike rider shot in Baldwin Park drive-by; four SoCal cyclists shot in three days

Maybe it’s time for bike riders to skip the helmets and start wearing body armor.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that a 22-year old bike rider suffered critical injuries in a drive-by shooting Tuesday evening.

According to the paper, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was riding at Downing Avenue and Ramona Blvd at 5:16 pm when a white pickup, possibly a Ford Ranger, containing three to five men drove by.

Evidently, either someone was riding in the back, or they were sitting on each other’s laps.

One of the people in the truck fired multiple rounds, striking the victim in the back before fleeing east on Ramona Blvd. He was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition, and reportedly didn’t see who shot him.

This is the third shooting of a cyclist in just three days, following shootings in Vermont Knolls and on the Rio Hondo bike path.

Fortunately, all the victims appear to have survived their injuries so far.

Update: It gets worse. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a 17-year old bike rider was shot in Escondido around 5:15 pm yesterday in a suspected gang-related attack. The victim was riding on North Beech Street near East Lincoln Avenue when a man standing five feet away shot him in the arm; lucky for him, the shooter was apparently a crappy marksman.


  1. taffy says:

    More specifically, didn’t all these shootings take place in the SGV? Or is there one that didn’t and it slipped my mind? I know two did…

    So is someone in the SGV targeting cyclists, or is it personal and the victim just happened to be on a bicycle rather than on foot at the time?

    I was going to go ride the Rio Hondo bike path, but I think I’ll wait a while….

    • bikinginla says:

      One of the shootings occurred in South L.A., while the other two occurred in the San Gabriel Valley. The South L.A. shooting and yesterday’s Baldwin Park shooting appear to be gang-related; the Rio Hondo one is more questionable.

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