Cyclist says he was shot with BB gun in Pewee Valley

Manfred Schmidt
Manfred Schmidt
Larry Holt
Larry Holt

PEWEE VALLEY, KY (WAVE) - A cyclist who says he was attacked by someone in a white pickup truck is warning bike riders. WAVE 3 was the only TV station to speak with the man who says he was shot with a BB gun while riding through Oldham County over Memorial Day weekend.

Manfred Schmidt is an avid runner. He has run in Boston Marathon's and has the medals to prove it. But a recent foot injury forced him to try out another sport. On May 28, Schmidt was riding through Oldham County with three other cyclists. Everything was fine until they got into a Pewee Valley neighborhood.

"First I thought it was just a pebble thrown by a car tire that had hit me and then I heard a popping again," said Schmidt. "That's when I realized, that sounded like a BB gun."

The riders tried avoid the main roads to stay out of the way of traffic, but that didn't seem to help.

"All the sudden it made a loud pop and immediately I felt some sharp pain in the left side of my chest," said Schmidt.

Schmidt thinks the shots came from a white Ford Ranger pickup truck. Officer Mike Head from Oldham County Police says they looked for the vehicle, but there was not much they could do without a license plate.

"It just it blows my mind," said Schmidt. "It absolutely blows my mind."

Larry Holt, the owner of Ken Combs Running Store, which also outfits cyclists, says this isn't the first incident in Oldham County.

"There was a truck that was terrorizing people last year out there, would go by and swerve toward them to run people off the road," said Holt.

22-year-old Robert James Wagner was caught and charged with wanton endangerment second. Still Schmidt says Oldham County is one of the best places to ride and he'll head out again on Tuesday night.

Schmidt says he bled when the pellet hit him and still has a bruise.

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