Hells Angels Leader Gunned Down In Nevada CasinoSeptember 26, 2011 7:30 am
The John Ascuaga’s Nugget hotel-casino in Sparks was the scene of a brutal gunfight in which the Hells Angels leader of the San Jose California chapter was killed during a shootout with rival gang the Vagos motorcycle club.
Thousands of bikers from across the USA had made their ways to Sparks as part of the annual five-day “Street Vibrations” festival. However, trouble flared up 11:26 p.m. Friday between several armed gang members inside the casino resulting in Hells Angels Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, 51, being killed and two Vagos motorcycle club members Leonard Ramirez, 45, and Diego Garcia, 28, being wounded.
The shooting apparently took place by Trader Dick’s bar inside the casino, with police reporting shots still going off by the time they arrived on the scene. Following several arrests, San Jose Police Sgt. Larry Day commented:
“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.”
The outlawed Vagos Motorcycle Club was originally called “the Psychos,” and has Loki, the Norse god of mischief, as their club’s insignia. They are also believed to have around 600 members among 24 chapters, ten of which are located in Mexico.
Following the shooting of Jeffrey Pettigrew, 11 a.m the next morning another motorcyclist was shot in the stomach by a person in a BMW, although his wound isn’t believed to be life threatening.
In the meantime, a state of emergency was declared by the City of Sparks, with a subsequent announcement stating:
“Pursuant to the police powers vested in the City of Sparks, the Street Vibrations motorcycle event in Sparks will be cancelled for the remainder of the weekend.”