Employee of Bandidos member killed in bar shooting says he was like a father to her

EL PASO, Texas — Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of Juan Martinez, who died after being shot inside a far east El Paso bar.

Susana Perez, office manager at J. Martinez & Associates, said Martinez treated his employees like family.

The business helped people with disability and Social Security claims.

“I worked with him for over 11 years. He was a great person. He was very helpful. He was a family man and he helped so many people,” Perez said.

Perez said Martinez and his wife, Gracie, were inseparable.

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

At the office, Perez said co-workers don’t feel like they lost their boss.


Bandidos member shot at eastside bar has died

EL PASO, Texas — 

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.


Motorcycle club: We're in Decatur for fun, not trouble

DECATUR – Rumors that the Hell's Lovers motorcycle club is coming to Decatur are true.

But just about everything else cranking up the rumor mill is totally wrong, according to the club and the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, where Hell's Lovers is hosting its 50th anniversary convention from today through Sunday.

Hotel general manager Donna Wickersham said she has heard fearful stories of outlaw motorcycle riders tearing up the town just as it gets ready to host the annual Decatur Celebration. Wickersham says all of those rumors are nonsense.


Struggle between motorcycle gangs rattles New Mexico capital

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police in tourist-friendly Santa Fe, New Mexico, increased patrols and surveillance amid tensions between two motorcycle gangs that sparked a drive-by shooting and a hospital lockdown, authorities said Wednesday.

The measures were ordered after a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club was shot and wounded while the home of a Bandidos Motorcycle Club member was being riddled with bullets in a drive-by attack, police spokesman Greg Gurule said.

The situation has some residents on edge in the capital of New Mexico, known for its tranquil historic plaza, art galleries and festivals.

"We want to make sure residents (and visitors) feel safe," Gurule said. "We are not going to put up with this."


EPPD: Kinfolk gang member arrested in Mulligan's shooting

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso Police have arrested the 34-year-old man suspected of shooting four people inside the Mulligan's Chopped Hog Bar in the 1800 block of George Dieter around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.

According to investigators, Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in the 1200 block of Higuera in San Elizario at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police say Gonzalez is a Kinfolk Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Member and is suspected of shooting into a group of Bandidos Motorcycle gang members inside the bar.

Juan Martinez, 61, and Ballardo Salcido, 49, suffered serious, life-threatening injuries in the shooting. Juan Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, had non-life-threatening injuries.

Martinez, President of the El Paso Bandidos Chapter — is currently on bond as he awaits trial for an incident that happened in August 2016 at the Hot Chicks Bar on Zaragoza involving another motorcycle club that was never officially named in court documents.


Bandidos MC national president says El Paso won't become 'war zone,' following shooting

(VIDEO)--EL PASO, Texas — The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is labeled as a tier two gang by the FBI, Department of Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety. They say they're just a club.

Now they say they want to make sure this incident doesn't set them back in the eyes of the community.

"We came here to check on our brothers that were injured,” Clifton ‘Dozer’ Roberts, the Bandidos National President, said.

A shooting involving the Bandidos Motorcycle Club brought the club's president to east El Paso. Four members were shot on Sunday at Mulligan's Bar.

"They went on and on, and there might have been some kind of an altercation," Ashley ‘Smiley’ Brecker of the Bandidos El Paso chapter said.

Brecker said he left right before shots were fired by a gunman from a different group inside the bar.


Police: Father, son fired 20 shots at home of alleged Bandidos member

Police have accused two men in connection with what investigators say was a weekend shooting incident involving motorcycle gang members that led to a temporary lockdown at the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

A complaint that police filed Monday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court charges David Andrew Cordova, 54, and his son, David Ray Cordova, 29, with shooting at a building and shooting from a vehicle.

Medics took the elder Cordova to the hospital emergency room on Saturday night for treatment of a gunshot wound to one of his arms before he was booked into the Santa Fe County jail.

Capt. Robert Vasquez said Sunday that a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club had been injured by a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.


4 wounded in shooting possibly linked to biker gangs

A shooting —  possibly involving biker gangs — wounded four men Sunday night during a brawl inside a bar in far East El Paso.

Police officials said that a Gang Unit investigation continued Monday, along with the search for the shooter.

Police said that several gunshots were fired during a fight between two gangs inside Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar, 1810 George Dieter Drive near Trawood Drive.

More: 3 wounded in gang-related bar shooting in far East El Paso

The shooting victims were identified by police Monday as Juan Martinez, 61; Ballardo Salcido, 49; Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36; and David Villalobos, 47.

A police spokesman on Sunday night initially reported that three people were shot.


Shooting tied to biker gang prompts hospital lockdown

A member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club was shot by a rival motorcycle gang member near Franklin E. Miles Park late Saturday evening, the Santa Fe police on-duty commander said.

Santa Fe police Capt. Robert Vasquez said officers were interviewing members of the local chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club as suspects in the shooting. Both the victim and the suspected shooter or shooters have claimed partnership to the motorcycle gangs, Vasquez said.

The unidentified victim was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Vasquez said. The shooting occurred near Camino del Gusto and Alamosa Drive, he said.

Visitors to the Vagos Motorcycle Club member who was shot came flooding into the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center emergency room Saturday evening.

The hospital imposed a lockdown for more than an hour, not allowing visitors inside.


Wish comes true for dying Vietnam Veteran

(video)-- MUSKEGON, MICH. - Before he dies, Muskegon Vietnam veteran and hospice patient Wayne Whisler wanted to ride a motorcycle one last time. 

And Friday afternoon his wish came true.

“It was great,” he says.

The last ride was arranged after Whisler told a care Hillcrest Nursing and Rehab Center care giver Theresa Flynn how much he liked her Harley, and how much he would like to hang out with some bikers and go for a ride.

She sent a message to Muskegon Motorcycle Club member Vic Martin.

“Spend a little time with him, let him look at the motorcycles and enjoy himself for a few hours,” says Martin.

“And we needed to get as many bikes out here as we could,” adds motorcycle rider David Edwards.