Cyclist shot, almost hit on Poplar Avenue - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Cyclist shot, almost hit on Poplar Avenue

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Police are still searching for the person who shot a cyclist in the 3300 block of Poplar Avenue after nearly running him over with a white SUV.

Police said the 60-year-old cyclist exchanged words with four people inside the SUV, possibly Nissan. One of the people in the vehicle pulled out a gun and shot at the cyclist.

First responders took him to the hospital in non-critical condition.

Cyclists are allowed on all city streets. They have the same rules as drivers. Though there are several places in the city designed for cyclists, most have to share the road.

Stuart Johnson spent Labor Day riding the Broad Avenue Hampling, but most days, he said he can be found commuting to work.

“I've only had one encounter with a rude motorist,” Johnson said. “So far I've had pretty good luck here.”

Most mornings, Johnson battles the road like any other cyclist, except one time he tried to make a left turn.

“The driver leans on the horn as flips me a bird as she drives by,” he said.

That was much better than the bullet the 60-year-old received Saturday night.

Pat Tronsor, a motorist and a cyclist, said while no rider should ever be shot, riding down a narrow, busy road like Poplar is not his first choice.

“I'm not going to tell anybody to not ride somewhere, but certainly would make more sense to stay on a less traveled road,” he said. “It would be safer.”

Bike clubs across the Mid-South remind drivers to travel with a light at night and learn the proper ways to signal.

Police have not made any arrests yet.

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