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Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) - Witnesses say a driver traveling at a high rate of speed deliberately ran down a man on a bicycle in Grand Rapids.

And then someone started shooting.

It happened just before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday on Bemis Street near Joe Taylor Park.

"Thank God none of the kids got hurt or got shot by stray bullets," says Pastor Amere May, who was nearby watching. "I feel for the kids."

The man on the bicycle was pedaling as fast as he could, but couldn't outrun the car chasing him down Bemis Street.

"He was pedaling like mad; it looked like he was running for his life," says Pastor May. "The car hit him and he went straight up about 20 feet in the air. Hit him pretty hard."

After hitting the bicycle, the car smashed the rear of a parked pickup.

The impact disabled the car. After the driver jumped out and started running, at least three shots were fired.

Police and witnesses say they don't know who was shooting or why.

"He just bailed out," Pastor May recalls of the white vehicle's driver. "Then we heard shots fired. I didn't see who was shooting or who he was shooting at."

The bicycle rider was rushed to the hospital and is expected to recover.

If they know, investigators aren't saying why someone ran into him, or if it was part of on-going neighborhood rivalries that have led to violence in the past.

Police ask anyone with information on the case to call the GRPD at 616-456-3403 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or 1-866-774-2345.

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