Clermont cyclist office, memorial damaged in separate incidents

Police explore possible link between vandalism, drive-by shooting

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CLERMONT, Fla. - Clermont police continue to investigate whether someone is targeting cyclists after a memorial was reduced to rubble and an event office was sprayed with bullets.

On Tuesday, Fred Sommer, who owns Summer Sports, which runs triathlons and other racing and cycling events, found his office riddled with bullets.

Clermont police said the shooting appeared to be a drive-by, with 8 bullets causing $1,000 in damage to the office.

Meanwhile, in late November, a sledgehammer or similar tool was used to destroy a granite memorial bench outside Clermont's Waterfront Park.  The bench was dedicated to a local triathlete who died in a crash when an elderly couple's car accidentally struck him while he was biking to an event.

A maintenance man who discovered the damaged memorial described it as reduced to a pile of rocks.

Both cases remain unsolved and although Clermont police say there's currently no evidence to link them, the CPD said the incidents are "highly unusual." 

Sommer told Local 6 that he's worried someone may be holding a grudge against cyclists.

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