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Shot cyclist’s family says he was in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’

Kelvin Tennant at the Alfred hospital with his daughter Natalie and granddaughter Imogene. Photo: supplied Kelvin Tennant’s son and daughter, Nick Tennant and Natalie Knox. Photo: Justin McManus
Nanjing Night Net

The family of a grandfather who was shot while riding his bike on a track in north-east Victoria say he was “at the wrong place at the wrong time”.

Kelvin Tennant was shot at least six times in what police believe was a random shooting as he rode his motorised bicycle along the Myrtleford-Everton Rail Trail at Everton about midday on Saturday.

The grandfather of eight and retired school teacher was left with chest wounds, a fracture to his skull and injuries on both sides of his eyes.

His daughter, Natalie Knox, said the family had been left “shocked”.

“It’s really upsetting to our family that this could happen to such a kind caring man who loves his grandkids, loves his bike,” she said.

“He’s a simple man who keeps to himself.”

On Monday morning Mr Tennant remained in a stable condition at The Alfred hospital, as Armed Crime Squad detectives drove to the scene of the random shooting.

His son, Nick Tennant, said his father did not know why he had been shot.

“We’re still not sure why it happened,” he said.

“The obvious question is did he have any altercations with anyone. Dad certainly can’t recall. He’s a fairly private person, he keeps to himself.

“Unfortunately, he was just the wrong person “at the wrong place at the wrong time”.

Nick said Mr Tennant had travelled to Myrtleford from Ringwood alone on Friday, while his wife was away. He stayed in a caravan before going on the ride on Saturday.

He was about an hour into the ride when he saw a dark coloured car.

All he remembers is a person jumping out of the car and then hearing gunshots.

Mr Tennant doesn’t recall what the person looked like, saying he was obscured by bushes.

“Maybe he came across something they didn’t want my father to see,” Nick said.

“That’s all we can really think. Something horrible like that.”

Ms Knox said her father was feeling lucky to be alive.

“He’s in good spirits. He’s up and doing very well,” she said.

“He feels blessed. He’s happy to still be here.”

The pair urged anyone with information to come forward.

“There was a family on that track just before him with children,” Ms Knox said.

“We need all the help we can get to get this person for the safety of everyone.”

Detective Senior Constable Elise Douglas told media on Sunday that the incident appeared to have been unprovoked, and Mr Tennant did not know his attacker.

“It’s very early days into the investigation, however it does appear that the shooting was unprovoked,” she said.

“At this stage it appears there is no connection [between the shooter and Mr Tennant].

“However we will continue to look at all avenues and all aspects of this investigation.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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