Man Was ‘Blowing Off Steam’ When He Blasted Cyclist In Face With Buckshot


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Anders Hagstrom Justice Reporter
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Alonso Solis got blasted with buckshot during a routine bike ride to the grocery store in Texas because the shooter, 19-year-old Merrick Isaacks, was “blowing off steam” after fighting with his girlfriend.

Solis nearly died, but a nearby security guard performed CPR and he was immediately brought to the hospital, KXAN reported Thursday. Solis underwent surgery to remove shotgun pellets from his brain stem, but he will have permanent scarring from the pellets on his face, neck, and back.

“Yeah, I’m pretty down right now, I feel pretty sad,” Solis told reporters.

A witness, who was friends with Isaacks, said that Isaacks wielded a loaded shotgun and forced him to drive around their Austin neighborhood wanting “to shoot or kill someone standing at the bus stop,” because he’d gotten into a fight with his girlfriend and threatened to kill her.

The witness told police they had been driving when Isaacks saw a bicyclist, pointed the shotgun out the passenger window and fired. The witness said that they then left the area and Isaacks fired several more shots out the window.

Solis’ injuries have made eating, sleeping and working difficult due to wounds to his mouth and medical staff directing him not to lift more than two pounds.

“Unfortunately this victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Officer Veneza Bremner told KXAN.

Isaacks is in a county jail on a $250,000 bond awaiting trial for charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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