July 29, 2014 2:44 pm
Updated: July 29, 2014 11:21 pm

Cyclist shot during Cache Creek pleads for any information on suspects


A Burnaby man who was shot while taking part in a cycling race last month is hoping someone who may have witnessed the incident will come forward with any information.

Fifty-nine-year-old Craig Premack, an avid cyclist and racer, was shot on Highway 1 just south of Spences Bridge while participating in the Cache Creek 600 on June 1.

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Premack was alone, but was found a few minutes after the incident by two other cyclists also taking part in the event.

He was hit in the forearm and suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Premack says he originally thought the explosions going off next to him were firecrackers, but then felt his forearm “blow up” and blood rolling down his leg.

He started pedaling faster to escape and saw a dark coloured vehicle drive away from pull out near the shooting scene.

Premak says he underwent surgery to repair his right elbow, and the injury will take some time to heel.

He has not returned to work since.

Investigators say the attack was not targeted and is an isolated incident.

Other ride participants reported two separate incidents where two men in a dark coloured pickup threw objects at them as they drove by. Police are now looking for these two individuals in order to eliminate them as potential suspects.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Premack is personally asking anyone with information to come forward.

“The outcome could be tragic should this happen again,” he says.

With files from Amy Judd

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