Amateur rider Chris Weiss, 49 of the Carrollton neighborhood in New Orleans, was shot in the left side while out on a club ride, and fellow rider Reid Case caught the whole thing on film via his helmet cam.
The day started off as a standard Saturday group ride beginning with a coffee stop for the Semi Tough Cycling Club in New Orleans, but ended in a police investigation.
“It was kind of surprising. I mean, you don’t really expect that to happen. We’ve been through that area so many times,” Case told WDSU News.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Bullard Avenue and Wales Street, police say, in New Orleans East, approximately one block from Lake Pontchartrain.
Initially believed to come from a BB gun, police have now determined it came from an unknown gun in the area.
Weiss heard a ‘pop’ sound and reached for his left side as shown in the video. He can be heard saying, “Somebody shot me,” in the video as the riders pulled over to help Weiss before an ambulance arrived to take him to a hospital.
“This is the third and most serious time a club member has been shot while riding through the city,” Townsend Myers, founder and president of the Semi-Tough Cycling Club told Fox 8.
“We’re beginning to feel like we’ve got targets on our backs. We need the NOPD to step up, find these criminals and help send a clear message that this is unacceptable.”
Weiss is currently recovering from his injuries and is expected to make a full recovery even though it came close to hitting his spine, which would have been a much more serious injury.
“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,” Weiss said in a text message to the Semi Tough Cycling Club.
The investigation is still underway and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the by the New Orleans Police Department.