CUMRU TWP., Pa. - "It's shocking," said bicyclist Jarred Garber, who rides a section of the Thun Trail in Berks County every week and often alone.
But on Tuesday afternoon, Garber was riding with friends when he heard that a 42-year-old man was shot during an attempted robbery near the West Shore Bypass in Cumru Township.
"It's unsettling, and I mean, it makes you think twice before you get out here and do something you like to do," Garber said.
"He seems to be in stable condition at this time," said Lt. George Kuriger Jr., Cumru Township Police Department.
Kuriger said the the two assailants approached the victim shortly before 2 p.m. and told him to give them his stuff, but the victim fought back.
"I guess there was a little bit of a struggle over the bike and then he was shot," Kuriger said.
The police said after the two men shot the victim, they headed down the path toward Reading.
"Two black males dressed in dark clothing with face coverings," Kuriger said. "Probably taller than 5' 8", as the victim is 5' 8", and says they were taller than him."
This isn't the first time a bicyclist has been attacked on the trail. In 2013, a man was beaten by a group of teenagers and stabbed three times late on a Saturday night. A 14-year-old boy wound up in a juvenile detention center in that case.
"For the most part, we don't have a lot of issues on this trail," Kuriger said, "but you have to be careful, unfortunately, whenever you're in an area that's kind of out of the way, such as these trails can be."