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Bicyclist baffled as to why shooter opened fire

Man shot in chest while riding bike
Posted at 8:06 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 16:45:09-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Police are trying to figure out if two shootings are connected after bicyclists were shot at different locations early Monday morning.

Hanque Myers, 48, was hospitalized after he was shot in the chest Monday morning on Indianapolis' northeast side.

Police say the shooting happened around 5:20 a.m., on 52nd Place Near Mark Lane, which is about a mile away from Arlington High School.

Police think it may have been random, but it also could be linked another shooting earlier in the morning near 14th Street and Gladstone Avenue where another person on a bike was shot.

Myers says early Monday morning, he grabbed the dog and his bike and headed out for some exercise.

He says the driver of a car stopped and asked him a couple questions and seemed to drive off, but returned again. Then, he heard at least two gunshots ring out, and realized he had been shot.

"Maybe his thought was, 'I'll shoot this guy,' and maybe he was feeling me out," Myers told RTV6. "Then he turned around and he decided to come back and shoot me... I think it was the circumstances presented itself, and whatever was going through his head? I have no idea. I have no idea."

Myers says the bullet ricocheted off a bone, so his injuries actually aren't that bad, despite the fact that he took a bullet to the chest.

Myers was taken to Eskenazi Health and is expected to be OK. Watch our video in the player above for more.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. You can also text “INDYCS” plus your tip to 274637. Your tip can be reported anonymously.