Austin Cyclist Shot In Back With BB

Brad Urry

The Austin On Two Wheels blog reports that Brad Urry finally got his story out on KVUE that he was shot in the back with pellet gun on May 1st.

I could sense that something wasn’t right,” said Brad Urry, a high-tech worker who rides his bicycle at least twice a week.

Urry said, two people in a light-blue Prius shot him in the back with a pellet gun and kept going.

The half inch deep wound barely missed his spine.

“When they went by me they scrunched down in the seat so that I couldn’t see anything but the top of their heads,” said Urry.  “I wanted to catch them to find out what did I do to deserve this?  Why would you do this to another person and create such a situation where somebody could literally get killed?” questioned Urry. He told KVUE he wants others to be aware of their surroundings.

“Just be cognizant, pay attention when you’re out there because it caught me by surprise,” he said. “I thought I was aware of everything that was going on around me and this caught me 100 percent by surprise. Nothing to provoke the shooting.”

On a similar note, I was waiting to cross University/380 on my commute home from work yesterday.  I was behind one car, both waiting to cross.  A white Dodge Ram truck turned into the lot, and instead of going straight into the lot, the truck insisted on traveling diagonal to cut across the turn-in, which is exactly where I stood with my bike.  They laid on the horn, and angrily motioned for me to move.  In years past, I might have stood my ground and dealt with escalation, but I know better now.  It’s not worth it.  Like Urry says, focus on being cognizant and writing down the plate numbers.  In the past, when occupants of a van on Hwy 77 threatened to get out a gun and kill me, I was too freaked out to note the license plate.  Don’t make that mistake if you have any hope of justice.

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