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.


Chosen Few biker gang members face drug charges in Monroe

A tip submitted to the Metro Narcotics Unit led to the arrest of multiple members of the Chosen Few biker gang near the University of Louisiana Monroe. 

According to a statement released by the MPD, the unit was dispatched to the 1700 block of University Avenue regarding a tip about large amounts of drugs being taken into an apartment. 

The caller said multiple bikers at the location were breaking down the drugs for distribution. He said the drugs were being stored and sold from that apartment and a residence in the 200 block of Filhiol Avenue.

Agents started a surveillance operation and saw multiple men going and coming from the two locations. The men all wore what appeared to be identifiers consistent with an outlaw motorcycle gang that operates in several states, per the department. 


I-Team: Outlaws chapter president and former Hillsborough firefighter was shot

(video)--Several residents heard gun shots about 10:30 PM Tuesday night.
"I heard 2 gunshots and then there was a pause then 3 or 4 more gunshots" one resident tells us.

Residents in the trailer park at hwy 41 and Valroy were stunned when a bleeding man came running through the park pleading for help.

"He was bleeding on the side he said he was shot and to call 911 and that's what I did," a resident tells us.

"He said he thought he'd been targeted," says a resident who wants to remain anonymous.

The I-Team has confirmed the man shot was James Costa a retired Hillsborough Firefighter and President of the Outlaws motorcycle club, an organization law enforcement classify as a "criminal gang".


Police: Biker gang, other group involved in Nampa shootout

NAMPA -- A disturbance that began inside a downtown Nampa business erupted into a shootout Tuesday night.

Nampa Police Lt. Eric Skoglund said Wednesday that investigators are still searching for the people involved in the gun battle.

Police were called out to a business in the 1300 block of 1st Street South just before midnight. By the time they arrived, Skoglund said, all the participants in the shooting had already scattered.

Officers found evidence that multiple people had fired multiple rounds. The shootout appeared to be between people wearing the insignia of the Devils Diciples motorcycle gang and another group.

Skoglund said no one was hurt in the shooting, but bullets struck three cars and a building.

The people involved in the shooting have not yet been identified, and a motive in the fight is unknown.

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