Poison singer Bret Michaels escaped serious injury Monday night when his tour bus was fired at in a drive-by shooting. Michaels was in Chicopee, Massachusetts, to perform at an invitation-only acoustic show at the Rumble Seat Bar and Grille and was sitting on his tour bus prior to the gig when a shot was fired from a white Ford F-150, according to a statement from his spokesperson.
The singer was struck in the face by broken glass, but was not seriously injured in the incident. "It is going to take more then a cowardice act like this to make me stop performing or stop my tour," Michaels said in a statement. "I plan on staying out and finishing the shows as scheduled. I want to thank all of my fans in the Chicopee area for staying out last night, and I will be back. Hopefully, with the help of many people, we will catch the person who did this and they will be brought to justice."
Though Michaels' camp said police don't feel the drive-by was a random event because the shot was fired into the living quarters at the rear of the tour bus, Captain William Jebb of the Chicopee Police Department said Wednesday there is no indication that Michaels was specifically targeted. "We don't have a suspect at this time, and we think it was probably just an act of vandalism," Jebb said. "We don't think he was targeted. From the many witnesses we interviewed on the scene, it seemed like it was just a motorist driving by."
Jebb said the investigation is ongoing but there are no suspects at this time. While police were downplaying the seriousness of the incident, Michaels' management said this is not the first time the singer has been targeted. According to his reps, Michaels has been the subject of "numerous death threats investigated by the FBI," including one from a person who fired bullets through photos of the singer and mailed them to him along with threatening notes to arenas in which Michaels was scheduled to perform. That person reportedly lives somewhere in the Northeastern United States.
Michaels is due to continue touring, playing a show at Annie's in Cincinnati on Wednesday (November 23) and at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, on Thanksgiving.
A reward has been announced for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the incident. Information can be given directly to the Chicopee Police Department at (413) 592-6341, or tips can be submitted via Michaels' Web site, www.bretmichaels.com.