Apparent Hells Angels member killed in Riverside gas station shooting

(video)--RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) --

A man believed to be a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang was fatally shot at a Riverside gas station, and police are searching for his killer.

Officers responded to a call of a shooting at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams St. in Riverside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A gas station employee, who made the 911 call, said the gunfire took place directly in front of gas pumps, Riverside police said.

According to authorities, five motorcyclists who appeared to be part of the Hells Angels gang were passing through town and stopped at the gas station to fuel their motorcycles.

Suddenly, a silver four-door sedan pulled up, a passenger got out and started shooting at the group.

Two people were hit. One motorcyclist was grazed by a bullet that hit his helmet. Authorities said he will be OK.


Man killed in Riverside gas station shooting


A man was killed in a Riverside gas station shooting possibly involving what appeared to be members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang.

Officers responded to a call of a shooting at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams Street in Riverside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A gas station employee, who made the 911 call, said the gunfire took place directly in front of gas pumps, Riverside police said.

Once patrol officers arrived, they found a man suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Emergency crews from the Riverside Fire Department provided immediate medical aid and transported the victim to the Riverside Community Hospital, where he later died from his injuries, police said.

The victim's identity was pending a coroner's investigation.


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Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday that shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday multiple people began firing weapons in the motel parking lot at Olive and Crystal avenues. Three people were wounded and taken to a hospital by a party bus. The shooting happened as hundreds of motorcyclists from Northern and Southern California were in town, part of a “halfway run,” event. Motorcycle clubs come to Fresno every spring and fall in the events, which have been taking place for decades.

Eric Duarte, president of the Merced chapter of the Soul Brothers, said “We had nothing (going on) on Olive and (Highway) 99. Absolutely nothing.


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“Investigators have determined the Below Underground criminal street gang is responsible for the distribution of illegal narcotics and violent crimes throughout Victorville City and the surrounding High Desert communities,” stated Sheriff’s officials.

Children from local schools and neighborhoods were the primary target for recruitment by the gang.

It was also determined that members and associates of the gang actively sell narcotics and weapons to further their criminal organization and to instill fear in the High Desert community.


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“There was an altercation in the bar that spilled out into the parking lot,” said Lt. Mike Madden, with the San Bernardino Police Department. “It looks like the suspect and victims all knew each other.”

Scott Gardner, 45, of Bloomington, and Brian Davis, 43, of San Bernardino, later died after being taken to a local hospital.

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Jonathan Cole Smith entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of assault causing great bodily injury, court records show. Five felonies were dismissed.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 19. 

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When the Mongols member, whose name was redacted in the documents, came to a stop at a red light, Smith yelled an expletive, pulled a knife and grabbed the man, the documents say. The Mongols member said he produced a knife of his own and twice stabbed Smith.


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