Hells Angels Started Shootout With Rival Biker Gang; Apparently Angels' Aim Could Use a Little Work
The game of "he started it" has come to an end, and it turns out that the Hells Angels are the ones who started a gunfight with a rival motorcycle gang last month. The gunfight netted precisely zero deaths, despite more than 50 shots fired.
A recently released police report about the shootout states that the Angels, in their feud with rival motorcycle gang "Los Vagos," are "creating a path of terror and destruction for innocent bystanders in the aftermath."
The report also shows the Angels are the ones who started the brouhaha.
According to the report, obtained by KPHO, the rival gangs were doin' a little hangin' out at houses right down the street from each other in Chino Valley. Somehow a fight started between the two gangs -- reportedly started by the Angels -- and a gunfight broke out in the middle of the street.
Witnesses told police that they watched as the Hells Angels shot the Vagos members while cruisin' up and down the street on their bikes.
Cops seized a lot of evidence from the scene, including a Range Rover, brass knuckles, and some O.J.-style bloody gloves.
Some of the other gangster goodies discovered were "several handguns, ammunition, jewelry with various Vargos or Hells Angels logos, a tri-state roster of members, clothing with patches and prints of logos for both groups, motorcycles, trucks, West Coast meeting notes, cars, knives, cellphones, computer towers, laptops, a photo album, and a Ruger Millennium-black, semiautomatic handgun."
By the time the gunsmoke had cleared, 27 bikers were arrested and five people were injured, though none of the injuries were life threatening -- again, after more than 50 shots were fired.
We called Lee Cole, president of the Hells Angels' Phoenix chapter, to see if he had any plans to take the fellas to the shooting range -- to do a little work on their aim -- before the club's next big shootout. He didn't immediately get back to us.
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