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Tucson cyclist recovering after being shot along Catalina Highway

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 23:18:11-05

A Tucson cyclist is recovering after being shot along the Catalina Highway.

Officials with the Pima County Sheriff's Department responded to TMC this morning for a report of a shooting.

According to the cyclist, he was riding along Catalina Highway when he says three men driving by in a car shot him in the leg. Steve Wetmore, owner of Sabino Cycles, was shocked when he found out. 

"I'm sad that as a cyclist, I have to worry about instances like that now," Wetmore said. "There's just no place in the world for it."

The cyclist was unable to get a description of any of the suspects or the car and didn’t call 9-1-1.

He instead checked himself into the ER.

Deputies believe it was a pellet gun or something similar because the wound was not severe.

The area was checked by deputies, and they found blood drops, but no shell casings.

Wetmore says he considers Tucson to be one of the safer cities in the country for cyclists. Here and there, small problems happen. But in his 10 years of living and riding in Tucson, he's never heard of anything like this.

"Someone doing something to you on purpose, no, very rarely does it occur around here," he said. "I have not heard of cyclists being accosted by someone with a gun, pellet gun, or otherwise."

Deputies say if something like this happens to you, call 9-1-1 right away.