Police Say Bicyclist Firing On Pedestrians

CLEVELAND (AP) - A bike-riding gunman has been roaming two upper-class suburbs and randomly shooting at pedestrians, police said.

He has shot at four people in the last two weeks in Beachwood and Cleveland Heights, sending two to the hospital.

The latest victim, Nikolai Knerik, was hit Monday night in Cleveland Heights near the town's border with the Cleveland.

Knerik, 38, was walking from his house to a nearby gas station when he saw a thin man with a helmet riding a BMX-type bike up the road. The man stopped in the middle of the street and fired at Knerik, hitting him in the left side and arm.

Knerik was in fair condition Monday at Huron Hospital.

Police said the suspect -- a black man in his mid-20s and about 5 foot 7 inches tall -- is the same person who missed targets in Cleveland Heights in August and shot another man several times in the back on Sunday in Beachwood.

The gunman did not speak to his victims before firing and did not try to rob them, police said.

Lindsay Swiatkowski, 46, of Beachwood, was shot about 10:30 p.m. Sunday as he walked to his home near Shaker Square. He was in Huron Hospital in stable condition.

Michael Goldner, 26, and Allison Tassane, 30, were shot at in Cleveland Heights on Aug. 30.

The Lake County Crime Lab found that casings from all three shootings came from the same gun.

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