Bicyclists targeted in random drive-by attacks

Pellet guns used to strike unsuspecting cyclists

SAN DIEGO - San Diego police are looking for at least three suspects wanted in a string of random attacks against bicyclists. Investigators tell 10News snipers are using pellet guns to strike cyclists in a drive-by shooting and then taking off in a getaway car.

Officers say they are investigating at least two cases in La Jolla and Mount Soledad area, but have heard of similar attacks happening in Fiesta Island and near Torrey Pines.

In one case, a 51-year-old woman suffered serious road rash after a pellet penetrated her shoulder and knocked her off her bike in the 7300 block of Olivetas Avenue.

In another case, a 46-year-old man dodged bullets in the 5100 block of Soledad Mountain Road to follow the suspects. He told police the suspects fired at a couple inside a parked car while taking off. 

"When you ride out here solo, you are more susceptible to getting attacked and things happening to you," explained cyclist Grely Ponce, who told 10News he is using a buddy system in light of the recent attacks. "For someone to come and do a sneak attack like that, it's just not cool because there are a lot of cyclists here (in Fiesta Island) that could certainly pay the price."

Another cyclist, Albert Espino, told 10News, "Maybe they should get a hobby, other than, you know, pelting people. It could really be dangerous. It could kill somebody."

Police say they are looking for three men in a black sedan who could be facing felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Scott Gosnell at (858) 552-1715.

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