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Man recovering after being shot on his bike Wednesday night

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A man is recovering after being shot in St. Louis late Wednesday night. 

The call for the shooting went out before 10:45 p.m. St. Louis Metropolitan Police responded to the call in the 3400 block of Lafayette, near Compton Hill Reservoir Park and Saint Louis University campus.

Responding officers found a man shot in the stomach. He was conscious and breathing when he was transported to the hospital. When the victim was transported, the homicide unit was called to investigate the scene.

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, officials said the homicide unit was no longer investigating because the man's condition had improved.

Police are looking for a suspect described as a black male in a white t-shirt with his face covered.

He drove off after the shooting on Louisiana Avenue in a gold, four door sedan. 

This incident is making neighbors think twice about riding their bike in the area. "I like to eat on The Hill so I'll come this way, just like a little short cut," said Matt Hewitt. This area is a routine route for Hewitt, but he changes it up when the sun goes down. "At night, I'll avoid exits because people can get on, get off all this crazy stuff," said Hewitt. 

Police say a suspected vehicle left interstate 44 at the Grand Avenue exit, which runs into Lafayette Avenue. This is the area where a suspect inside the car shot the cyclist and took off.

"It's absolutely horrifying. I can't even explain it. I don't understand what's wrong with people," said Hewitt.

Knowing what happened will not stop Hewitt from commuting by bike. "If something is going to happen, it's going to happen. I'm not going to live in fear. I'm going to ride my bike and hopefully nothing happens to me," said Hewitt. However, this incident encourages him to travel on low traffic routes. "I will not ride where I feel like a car is going to run over me."

The investigation is ongoing. 

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