Hells Angels Leader killed in Nugget Casino

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Motorcycle gangs have always carried a rough and dangerous reputation in the United States. And this image came to life when a shootout erupted between chapters of the Hells Angels and Vagos gangs in John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino.

The Vagos and Hells Angels were in Washoe County, Nevada for a huge biker festival called “Street Vibrations.” This party usually draws over 30,000 people, but Street Vibrations ended early after the shootout in the Nugget Casino.

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Getting to the actual shooting, it all started when a dozen Hells Angels and 50-60 Vagos were gambling inside of the casino. Apparently, a fist fight started around Trader Dick’s Bar, and one of the Hells Angels who was knocked down got up and started shooting. According to an eyewitness account, “He (Hells Angels biker) was down with a bloody nose, gets up and pulls out the gun and that’s the first shot. Then he turns the gun towards the south of the building and that’s when he started firing into the crowd.”

Vagos members returned fire on the shooter, and this unfortunately left a Hells Angels leader dead. San Jose Hells Angels chapter president Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew was the only biker who was killed during the incident; in addition to being shot, he was also stabbed twice. Two Vagos members were later wounded in a drive-by shooting (likely retaliation), but both of them recovered afterward.

As for the shooter who fatally wounded Pettigrew, there are no definite suspects yet, but Vagos member Cesar Villagrana was arrested and questioned by police. Currently, police are asking eye witnesses to come forward with information, and anybody who identifies the shooter will be given a cash reward.

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