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Calif. Hells Angels Leader Killed In Shootout at Nevada Casino

September 26, 2011  | 

The president of the San Jose chapter of the Hells Angels was fatally shot at a Nevada casino during a gunfight with members of the rival Vagos motorcycle gang.

Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, 51, worked in the city of San Jose's transportation department, but police know him as the charismatic local Hells Angels leader.

In the Friday evening shootout on the casino floor of John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Vagos Motorcycle Club members Leonard Ramirez, 45, and Diego Garcia, 28, were also shot.

Hells Angels member Cesar Villagrana, 36, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was captured on video surveillance firing into the crowd.

The shootout recalls the infamous motorcycle club gunfight at Harrah's Casino & Hotel in Laughlin, Nev., in 2002. In that showdown, members of the Hells Angels and the Mongols motorcycle clubs fought each other, leaving one Mongol and two Hells Angels dead.

Source: Silicon Valley Mercury News.

Related:

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: Making the Cut

Arizona Jury Labels Hells Angels as Criminal Gang

Tags: Hells Angels, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Vagos


Comments (6)

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RICHARD ISAACS @ 9/26/2011 6:44 PM

I AM A RETIRED COP AND CAN'T CARRY A GUN INTO A NEVADA CASINO. BUT, TWO DIRT BAG BIKERS CAN? WHERE MY FRIENDS IS THE JUSTICE. I AM PERSONALLY APPALLED. ALSO, HELL'S ANGELS ARE, DRUG DEALERS, ASSASSINS AND I PERSONALLY OBSERVED ONE J WALK. LABELED A CRIMINAL GANG? I AM APPALLED. IF THEY ARE FORCED OUT OF BUSINESS THEN WE WILL HAVE ONLY THE MEXICAN AND RUSSIAN CARTELS TO DEAL WITH. PERSONALLY I WOULD RATHER INTERROGATE SOMEONE THAT SPEAKS ENGLISH. CALL ME RACIST IF YOU WILL BUT I STICK TO MY THEORY, ONLY AMERICAN AND ENGLISH SPEAKING GANGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO COMMIT CRIMES IN THE USA. BESIDES, EVERY CHRISTMAS THE HELL'S ANGELS GIVE PRESENTS TO THE POOR. DO YOU EXPECT THE SAME FROM FOREIGN GANGS, HELL NO.

Buddha @ 9/26/2011 11:19 PM

Richard, there is so much wrong with what you said I have a hard time believing that you were once a cop, and if you were, thank God you are retired. These "dirt bag bikers" were not allowed to carry guns into a casino. I don't think they checked they're guns in at the door. Laws are made to keep honest people honest. Obviously some people are going to break those laws. And I believe that is what happened with these firearms.

Secondly, Only American and english speaking gangs should be allowed to commit crimes in the US? Are you serious? NOBODY should be ALLOWED to commit crimes in the US. Of course people commit crimes every day but this should not be allowed. And what does it matter if they speak english, spanish, muslim, french or german? A gang is a gang and I haven't seen a good one yet. Who cares if a certain gang is handing out Christmas presents once a year, if they are killing and drug dealing ther rest of the year?

Morning Eagle @ 9/26/2011 11:35 PM

Well said Buddha. As far as I am concerned, the more these animals kill each other off the better it gets and I don't care what language they speak. They just ought not to be doing it where uninvolved people are put at risk by their vicious stupidity.

dingo3497 @ 9/27/2011 3:30 AM

Spot on Buddha.

Tom Ret @ 9/27/2011 11:28 AM

Gangs giving toys and items to the poor is their feeble attempt at improving their public image. Anyone with any brains knows this is only a charade which doesn't change the fact that they are thugs through and through. Gangs should be judged by their actions and everything else including what language they speak is irrelevant.

Bob @ 9/28/2011 3:29 PM

Im prettty sure that Richard was using police sarcasm to get his point accross......

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