ROCK HILL, SC (WJZY) - A bicyclist is in critical condition Wednesday after Rock Hill police said he was hit by a vehicle, then shot in the head.
The family told FOX 46 Charlotte they have no idea who was behind the attack, but officers said it was targeted...attempted murder.
Neighborhood kids play in the street, in the same spot where police said a bicyclist was struck by a car then savagely shot in the head.
"He was, you know, lying on the ground. We thought he was dead. So, I went to my neighbor's house and she gave me a towel so I applied pressure to the wound until the police got there. But what got me is because, it touched my heart because I knew the young man, but I didn't know why he was lying face down," said a local neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous.
The attack happened Tuesday night, June 7 on Harrison Street in Rock Hill.
FOX 46 Charlotte spoke with a person who said they helped the victim, Tori Wilkes, 37, stay alive until paramedics arrived on scene.
FOX 46 Charlotte found a photo of Wilkes on the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's website from an earlier incident.
The person we spoke with asked us to protect her identity out of safety concerns, but was unable to hide her shock and disbelief over something that happened to such a young man, just out riding his bike.
"He's been out in this world for a hot minute. And you know, he's has his struggles, trials, and tribulations, but he's somebody's child," she said.
Police said Wilkes was conscious and alert when they arrived, and told them he did not know his attackers before being airlifted to CMC-Main in Charlotte.
The victim's cousin said he can't believe anyone would go after Tori Wilkes, or as he calls him "Twist."
"Why would somebody do that to him? If they had something against him, they should just leave him alone. If you don't like somebody, just leave them alone. You don't have to try and hurt of kill them or nothing like that," Brian Wilkes said.
You can help the family and Rock Hill police get results by sharing what you know about what happened. You can remain anonymous, and even receive reward money for information leading to an arrest.
"I look at him like he's not only my cousin, but also my friend. Nobody deserves to go through this type of thing, " Brian Wilkes said.
If you have any information you're asked to call Crime Stoppers.