A member of the New Orleans Semi-Tough Cycling Club was reportedly shot in the lower back during a group outing Saturday morning.
According to a news release, the club was returning from its usual Saturday morning ride to Chef Menteur Pass and was heading to Hayne Boulevard via Bullard Avenue to return back to the city along Lake Pontchartrain when the incident occurred.
The rider injured is a resident of the Carrollton neighborhood. He was taken to an area hospital where he's recovering from being shot with a small caliber, spiral tip bullet, the release says. The New Orleans Police department initially determined the bullet to originate from a BB gun, but later said it came from an unknown gun.
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According to a rider in the group, "We were on Bullard one block from the lake (8-9 riders) when Chris (Weiss, the man shot) arched his back in pain and came to a stop. Most of us heard concussive sound before Chris got hit. At the time, we couldn't be sure whether it came from a backyard across the street or a truck coming beside us. Chris got hit in his oblique/kidney area. You could see the hole through both layers of his back pocket, bibs, and then skin. Covered and compressed, but still bleeding from a small clear-cut hole."
The release didn't provide an update on Weiss' status, though it says Weiss sent the group a text message, saying, "It was such a nice ride, and a beautiful morning. It's really unfortunate that there are people out there willing to play games with people's lives."
In addition to this shooting, cyclists have been shot by paintballs two other times along Lakeshore Drive in the past few months.