This incident happened about 20 minutes from me. I ride through this intersection frequently.
Here's a link to a news article that has something I have never seen before - witness statements from the bike's passenger, the driver of the van, and a security guard who witnessed most of the altercation. http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1692162.shtml?cat=566
News 10NBC talks to driver in road rage shooting Links to the statements are at the bottom of the article.
I saw the TV interviews a few nights ago, van driver claiming complete innocence, but the witness statement from an uninvolved 3rd party sure makes it sound like self defense. The rider had a permit for the gun.
Rider trying to alert police, rider pulled to curb, rider approached by van after pulling over, rider knocked off of bike by a punch in the face, rider retreating by backing up on to the sidewalk, while being pursued by aggressive assailant who walked around the bike and took another swing. Looks like the wrong guy is in jail from what I see.
Am I imagining it or are drivers getting more aggressive toward bikers? Or maybe it's just worse in congested areas when the hot weather is getting to people. I think of a ride last Fall where a firemen intentionally swerved into my lane while I was passing him, another local rider had a similar altercation with an SUV recently and kicked the SUV. SUV driver called the cops and the cops sided with the rider, but no tickets were written.