Firefighter (now on paid administrative leave, and being charged with attempted first degree murder) driving a car shoots at a bicycling man w/ 3 year old on bike seat, accompanied by wife on another bike, riding down the side of the road in the middle of the day. Yes. With a gun. Bullet goes through man's helmet, but misses head entirely.
"Police said the driver, Charles Diez, claimed he was upset that the victim was bike riding with his child on the heavily traveled Tunnel Road."
Because _shooting_ the guy who is keeping the bicycle upright will _definitely_ make life safer and better for the three year old.
If the firefighter _really_ was concerned about the kid's safety, the firefighter could, say, have hauled out a cellphone (_after_ pulling over to the side of the road) and contacted the NC version of child protective services, who would have been happy to inform him that what the man was doing was in no way reprehensible. If that answer had not made him happy, he could have called the non-emergency number of the police department, ditto.
I don't think the firefighter was concerned about safety. I think the firefighter had something else entirely on his mind, like, say, he was afraid he might hit and kill the bicyclist and child, and that fear triggered his anger, and, because he's a fire-fighting (and, let's be honest, potentially a firestarting) kinda guy, he went right to what he was afraid of, because _that's_ what he-men do, right? Confront their fears.
With a gun.
I think we should help him out with his fears. Really.
ETA: h/t BSNYC. That means, hat tip to a much more famous blogger, bikesnobnyc -- he posted a link to this, which is how I found out about it.
ETAYA (edited to add, yet again):
Near as I can tell, firefighter got off the interstate, pulled over, yelled at the cyclist, cyclist de-escalated by walking away, and the _firefighter shot him from behind_.
This is so much worse.
There was a video circulating a while ago showing a cyclist bashing a ped in NYC with a bike lock and a lot of debate about whether the cyclist's rage was justified. One perspective was that the cyclist could not walk away from the ped, because the ped was pursuing, and turning his back was not safe. Well, here would be a good example of why people think this way.