I’m a little uneasy with a story about a bicycle rider being attacked by three young men while riding on Thun Trail near Reading. It seems he shot one of the attackers in the neck killing him and he shot the other and the last one was picked up by police and taken to a detention center.
At first glance this seems like a story that seems like the good guys are winning, ( the 65 year old bike rider). On second glance though, I’m a little worried about an 11 am scuffle ending in the death of a teen.
I know that the older man was released and the shooting is being considered self-defense but I’m still a little worried because we don’t know who the older guy is? And something I read on a gun forum online suggested that the 911 folks had trouble with the language of the caller calling in the incident. Which might be because the older guy didn’t have a cell phone and had to get someone else in the vicinity to call it in….so he had a gun but no cell phone. And he was attacked but then he had no trouble accessing his gun to shoot a kid in the neck.
Of course that is possible…but honestly I’m not really thrilled with the idea that citizens can shoot each other on bike trails or walking trails in PA. I hate that teens would harass a rider on the trail…but I’m wondering what made them do it?
Maybe things worked out for the best…or maybe there is more to this story that we won’t ever find out about. In the meantime I’m not going to get too excited one way or the other.