A driver of a pickup truck slammed into cyclists during a community road race in Arizona on Saturday morning, seriously injuring at least six people before being chased by police and shot dead outside a nearby hardware store, authorities said.
At around 7:25 a.m., a 35-year-old man drove a Ford F-150 in several cyclists during the city’s “Bike the Bluff” event, according to Kristine Sleighter, spokesperson for the Show Low Police Department.
The man fled as officers pursued the vehicle. Officers joined him behind an Ace hardware store and shot him, Sleighter said.
Wrinkled and broken helmets, shoes and bikes were strewn across the street after the crash, and a tire was stuck in the truck’s grille, which sustained top and side damage and a bullet hole in a window.
“We don’t know the motivation,” said city spokeswoman Grace Payne.
Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District staff transported six casualties to Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center. Four people were in critical condition, while two others were in critical but stable condition, Sleighter said.
The suspect was in critical but stable condition, Sleighter said.
The Show Low Police Department, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety are investigating the incident. The DPS Shooting Team is also investigating a shootout, Sleighter said.
Show Low is a town in Navajo County, in east-central Arizona. The population is approximately 11,000, according to the US Census Bureau.
Contribution: The Associated Press