Lytton, BC – It’s been three years since an innocent cyclist was shot in an apparent random attack, and the RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance to find who was responsible.
On June 1, 2014 cyclist Craig Premack was shot an isolated section of Highway 1 south of Spence’s Bridge near Cache Creek, while taking part in the Cache Creek 600.
“This remains an active investigation for the RCMP, and we are asking that anyone with information, no matter how minor it seems, to bring it forward to police,” explains Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, Southeast District Media Relations Officer. “This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent person taking part in an activity they are passionate about.”
Mr. Premack, still an avid cyclist, recently again took part in the Cache Creek 600 earlier this month, and describes his return to the event:
“In the fall it was announced that the ‘Cache Creek 600’ was going to return for 2017. There was no question I would participate. The Fraser Canyon has been a favourite place since counting the tunnels as a child. While I think about the shooting often, I don’t worry about it happening again. It’s been three years since the attack, and thousands of kilometers. Chances of it happening again just seem too unlikely. “
I was nervous at the start of this 600. But that is normal. Much can go wrong on such a long ride. And this particular one doesn’t have many services along the way.
This was my first trip to the area since 2014. On the ride back it was dark, and I was again alone leaving Spence’s Bridge. I definitely got a chill as the images came back very clearly.
The return of the ‘Cache Creek 600’ was surely positive. The scenery was spectacular and by all accounts the drivers were courteous and respectful.
The RCMP have been an incredible resource to me as a victim. Not simply because of their nice appearance and well-mannered disposition. They’ve maintained contact through the years and I’m thankful for the sensitivity”
Despite the time that has passed investigators are confident that somebody has information that can help the investigation proceed.
“People often know something, but either are too uncomfortable to bring it forward or don’t feel that what they know is important,” says Cpl. Moskaluk. “It is important to remember that even a small piece of information added to what the investigators have already collected can help bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.”
If you have any information about either incident please contact the Southeast District General Investigations Section at 250-491-5369 or Crime Stoppers at 1800- 222-TIPS (8477).