Narrow escape for cyclist shooting victim

Bullet went through helmet but missed head

A US cyclist had a narrow escape when an enraged driver shot at him and hit his helmet, missing his head by a fraction of an inch.

Police in North Carolina said the attacker, firefighter Charles Diez, fired his gun at Alan Ray Simons because he was angry that the cyclist was riding with his child on a busy road.

The shooting took place in Tunnel Road, Asheville while Simons was with his wife and three-year-old son, who was in a child seat on his bicycle.

Diez, who was driving past, pulled out a gun and opened fire. The bullet penetrated the outer lining of Simons' helmet but missed his head. Diez was charged with attempted first degree murder and his bond was set at $500,000.

Back to top