Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, 51, leader of the San Jose, California chapter of the Hells Angels (and a San Jose city employee), was killed during a shootout between the infamous gang and the Vagos motrocycle club at John Ascuaga's Nugget hotel-casino in Sparks, Nevada.
Sparks police said that they responded to a fight involving a large group armed with guns inside the casino. Police said as they rushed to the fight, shots were fired.
Two members of the Vagos motorcycle club were also wounded: Leonard Ramirez was shot in the stomach and Diego Garcia was hit in the leg. Both were reported to be in stable condition at a hospital in neraby Reno.
The bloodshed began at 11:26 p.m. Friday, during the annual five-day "Street Vibrations" biker festival in which thousands of bikers from across the country ride into Sparks and nearby cities to celebrate. The city has since closed the festival.
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The casino was evacuated and locked down on Saturday, but has since reopened.
San Jose Police Sgt. Larry Day, who has investigated biker clubs, said: "In the outlaw motorcycle gang culture, Jeff Pettigrew was a local icon in San Jose, a very well-respected member within the ranks of the Hells Angels. This incident could definitely result in retaliation against the Vagos, and a full-blown war that may result in deadly violence in San Jose and throughout California."
Police said a second shooting occurred at 10:49 a.m. on Saturday. An 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.