Benefit for biker shot in Cedar City

Austin Sharp (center) surrounded by fellow bikers as during his recovery at Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, Utah, August 2013 | Photo taken from event flier, courtesy of Amy Macomber, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A fundraiser benefiting Austin Sharp, a Santa Clara resident who was shot while riding his motorcycle in Cedar City in August, will be held at Zion Harley Davidson on Saturday. All proceeds go to Sharp for medical bills.

The shooting

Photo of Austin Sharp taken before the shooting, location and date unknown | Photo taken from event flier, courtesy of Amy Macomber, St. George News
Photo of Austin Sharp taken before the shooting, location and date not specified | Photo taken from event flier, courtesy of Amy Macomber, St. George News

On Aug. 15, Sharp, 21, was riding in Cedar City when he was approached from behind by James Alan Reynolds, 55, of Enoch. Reynolds, who was also riding a motorcycle, was running from Cedar City Police officers who had attempted to stop him for a traffic violation. When he drew close to Sharp, Reynolds allegedly shot Sharp multiple times in the back with a .22 caliber rifle. Sharp was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

As for Reynolds, he ultimately ran into the side of a passing car and was captured, suffering only minor injuries during the incident.

Recovery

While at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Sharp underwent surgery to remove the bullets. His mother, Christi Sharp, said her son had experienced some possible nerve damage, but that he was not at risk of paralysis.

While in the hospital over 40 bikers from the Saint George Street Bikes, St. George Ruff Ryders, and other local motorcycle clubs did a ride-by DRMC in Sharp’s honor on Aug. 18.

Sharp was eventually released from the hospital and has returned to riding with his follow bikers.

Fundraiser recap

  • What: Fundraiser to aid with medical costs for Austin Sharp. There will be biker games, a live band, food, prizes and entertainment for children.
  • When: 10 a.m., Saturday. Registration for a poker run begins at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Zion Harley Davidson, 2345 North Coral Canyon Blvd in Washington City.
  • Cost: $25 for a single rider, $35 with a passenger, $5 for an extra hand. All proceeds go to Austin Sharp.
Event flier, courtesy of Amy Macomber
Event flier, courtesy of Amy Macomber

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Austin Sharp (center) surrounded by fellow bikers as during his recovery at Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, Utah, August 2013 | Photo taken from event flier, courtesy of Amy Macomber, St. George News
Austin Sharp (center) surrounded by fellow bikers as during his recovery at Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, Utah, August 2013 | Photo taken from event flier, courtesy of Amy Macomber, St. George News

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