The BC RCMP are asking for the public's assistance to help solve a brazen, unprovoked shooting that took place earlier this year.
On June 1 at 1:00am, Lytton RCMP responded to a report of a cyclist, Mr. Craig Premack, who had been shot on Highway 1, just south of Spences Bridge near Cache Creek. Mr. Premack had been taking part in a 600 km cycling event known as the Cache Creek 600 when he was shot in the arm.
"I was surprised by explosions next to me originally thinking they were firecrackers but suddenly my right forearm blew up and I could feel the warmth of the blood now covering my leg. I now realized I had been shot so I pedaled faster to escape," says Craig Premack describing the shooting.
(Photo of pull out near the shooting scene courtesy of the BC RCMP.)
"We have to stress that the victim in this crime did nothing to deserve or provoke this potentially deadly attack. The victim was taking part in an organized event, and riding at a time when they would have had limited interaction with the public," says Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick, Operations Officer of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section.
Premack adds that while he was trying to get away he saw a vehicle drive away from pull out near the shooting scene.
Earlier in the day, ride participants reported two separate incidents where two men in a dark coloured pickup threw objects at them as they drove by. RCMP investigators are looking to identify the driver and the passenger of this vehicle in order to eliminate them as potential suspects in the shooting investigation.
"While the shooting appears to be an isolated incident, an innocent victim has been seriously injured. We would ask that anyone with any information, regardless of what it may be, to contact the Lytton RCMP. It may be the smallest piece of information that will help police determine who is responsible for this disturbing shooting," explains Superintendent Fitzpatrick.
"Today, along with the RCMP, I am making a personal appeal to anyone that has information about this shooting to please come forward and pass it along to law enforcement," says Premack. "The outcome could be tragic should this happen again."
If anyone has information regarding the shooting or the instances of throwing objects they are asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).