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Cyclist in Australia shot in what police say is random attack

Kelvin Tennant was undergoing surgery today after weekend shooting on trail in north east Victoria

Police in Australia are hunting for a man who shot a cyclist at the weekend in what was apparently a random attack. The victim’s family suspect he may have been about to cycle past something his attacker “didn't want him to see.”

Retired schoolteacher Kelvin Tennant, 72, was due to undergo surgery earlier today for multiple bullet wounds in the incident on Saturday lunchtime.

According to, he has pellets lodged in his chest as well as in his face close as a result of the shooting.

He had been riding on the Myrtleford-Everton Rail Trail in Everton, north east Victoria, reports

Police believe the weapon used was small calibre but cannot provide any details beyond that at the moment.

Detective Senior Constable Elise Douglas explained “We'll have to have a better look at the injuries and hopefully get some ballistics evidence to help us out.”

Officers described Mr Tennant as a “grandfather who enjoys cycling,” and that the attack seemed to be motiveless.

They are appealing for information, including from cyclists who have been using the trail at the time.

His son, speaking outside the Alfred Hospital where his father is being treated, said: “Dad just observed a dark coloured car in an unusual place and before he knew it, a person jumped out and fired shots at him.

“The person was behind a bush and they walked towards him.”

Mr Tennant’s daughter, Natalie Knox, said her father “feels blessed and lucky and happy to be here. It was very close.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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