Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hell’s Angels Boss Killed in Casino Gunfight Between Rival Gangs


First of all, biker gangs are not a bad thing. Biker gangs that cause violence are a bad thing.

Big difference.

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It seems that Jeffrey Pettigrew, head of the Hell’s Angels San Jose Chapter, was shot to death during a gun fight between rival motorcycle gangs inside a Reno, Nevada casino. Two other men belonging to a rival gang were also injured.

Because the shooting caused chaos and fear amongst the people who were in the casino at the time of the shooting, the city’s mayor to declared a state of emergency, and he canceled the annual Street Vibrations festival, a week-long festival that brings tens of thousands of bikers into Reno, Sparks and Virginia City every year.

I can’t say I can blame the mayor for his actions. But I would also say that maybe the security in the casino at the time of the shooting wasn’t so great either. I mean, don’t people who enter the casino get scanned for armed weapons, like they do at the airport? If not, they certainly should be now.

Meanwhile, because of the actions of a few bad apples, thousands of peaceful bikers had their festival canceled. It doesn’t seem right, but, considering the circumstances, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have done the same thing as the mayor did.

The article below can be viewed at:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/09/25/2011-09-25_hells_angels_boss_killed_in_casino_gunfight_between_rival_gangs_during_nevada_bi.html

Hell’s Angels boss killed in casino gunfight between rival gangs during Nevada biker event
The leader of a California chapter of the Hells Angels was shot to death during a gunbattle between rival motorcycle gangs inside a Nevada casino that also wounded two others.
A fourth biker was wounded in a drive-by shooting hours after Friday night’s shootout at John Ascuaga’s Nugget hotel-casino, in what authorities suspect was revenge for the biker boss’s murder.
Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, 51, the chief of the biker gang’s San Jose chapter, was killed in the casino mayhem while two members of Vagos motorcycle club were wounded.
Leonard Ramirez, 45, was shot in the stomach, and Diego Garcia, 28, was hit in the leg.
Both were reported to be in stable condition at a hospital in Reno. Security was tightened at the hospital to protect the men’s safety.
The violence forced the city’s mayor to declare a state of emergency and pull the plug on the annual Street Vibrations festival, an annual week-long festival that brings tens of thousands of bikers rumbling into Reno, Sparks and Virginia City every year.
“After the retaliation, it’s just too tense of a situation,” he said. “It’s hard to say what’s going to happen. It’s just not worth the chance.”
One Hell’s Angel, Cesar Villagrana, 36, was arrested in connection with the casino brawl.
Sparks police said video surveillance showed the burly biker firing wildly into a crowd, sending terrified gamblers diving under card tables for cover.
Cops said they weren’t sure if he hit anyone.
The second shooting occurred at 10:49 a.m. on Saturday.
The unidentified biker was riding down a street near a square that served as the center of the festival when he was shot in the stomach by a gunman riding in a black BMW with tinted windows, witnesses and police said.
His name and location were not released for his own protection, cops said.
Investigators in Sparks haven’t linked the two incidents, but Martini told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the second attack was “definitely” revenge.
Witnesses said the incident at the Nugget after a fistfight broke out among Hell’s Angels and Vagos members.
Joe Franco, of Reno, told the Reno Gazette-Journal he saw a Hells Angel member pull a pistol after getting punched in the face.
“He was down with the bloody nose, gets up and pulls out the gun, and that’s the first shot,” Franco told the paper.
The casino was evacuated and locked down on Saturday, but has since reopened.
With News Wire Services

http://www.josephbrunowriter.com/index.html

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One Response to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Hell’s Angels Boss Killed in Casino Gunfight Between Rival Gangs”

  1. Joshua W. Says:

    Just an FYI,

    In Nevada, you can carry a gun anywhere but federal buildings and schools. As far as I know, you can walk into a bank with a gun if you want to. (Not that I’d advise it).

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