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Police say a driver in a pickup truck was rammed into cyclists competing in a road race in Arizona, leaving several drivers deadly injured. Authorities say officials followed the driver on Saturday and shot him dead outside a nearby hardware store. Jim Headley / The White Mountain Independent via AP Hide caption

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Police say a driver in a pickup truck was rammed into cyclists competing in a road race in Arizona, leaving several drivers deadly injured. Authorities say officials followed the driver on Saturday and shot him dead outside a nearby hardware store.

Jim Headley / The White Mountain Independent via AP

SHOW LOW, Arizona (AP) – A driver in a pickup truck crashed into cyclists during a road race in Arizona on Saturday, seriously injuring several drivers before police tracked the driver and shot him dead outside a nearby hardware store, authorities said.

Six people were taken to a hospital in critical condition after the crash in the mountain town of Show Low, about a three-hour drive northeast of Phoenix, police said. Helmets, shoes and crumpled and broken bicycles were strewn across the street after the crash, a tire was jammed in the grille of the truck that was damaged on the top and sides and had a bullet hole in a window.

Two other people went to hospital themselves, city spokeswoman Grace Payne said, and one of the seriously injured was later flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in the Phoenix area.

The suspect, a 35-year-old man, was also hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

“We don’t know the motivation,” Payne told the Associated Press. “We know he fled the scene.”

Broken bikes stand in Show Low, Arizona after a driver in a pickup truck rammed into cyclists competing in an Arizona road race on Saturday. Jim Headley / The White Mountain Independent via AP Hide caption

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Broken bikes stand in Show Low, Arizona after a driver in a pickup truck rammed into cyclists competing in an Arizona road race on Saturday.

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Police said a Ford pickup truck hit the cyclists around 7:25 a.m. in downtown Show Low during the annual 58 mile (93 km) Bike the Bluff race and then fled. The officers followed the driver and tried to stop him before he was shot, the authorities said.

Payne said the driver failed to act when officers tried to arrest him, but the circumstances of the shooting were not disclosed immediately. The identity of the suspect and the victim was also unknown.

Officials said the race had 270 participants.

“Our community is shocked by this incident and our hearts and prayers are currently with the injured and their families,” police spokeswoman Kristine Sleighter said in a statement.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted the investigation. US 60, the main street of the town hidden in the White Mountains, has been blocked in the area.

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