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One dead, two wounded in Friday night shooting at the Nugget
by Jessica Carner
Sep 24, 2011 | 4936 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS – One Hells Angel motorcycle club member is dead following a shooting that occurred inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget near Trader Dick’s bar Friday night, and a potential drive-by shooting occurred this morning on Victorian Avenue.

It is not known at this time whether the drive-by shooting that took place this morning is connected to the events of Friday night. Brian Allen, deputy chief of the Sparks Police Department, said during a press conference at noon that the police department is still sorting out details about the shooting this morning.

“There was a potential drive-by shooting on Victorian Avenue,” Allen said at noon. “We are still in response mode.”

The shooting apparently occurred before 11 a.m. today on Victorian Avenue near Stanford Way and police have confirmed that one person has been shot.

A press conference will take place at the SPD at 6 p.m. and more details are expected to be released at that time.

At about 11:30 p.m. Friday, shots were fired inside the Nugget during a fight involving a large group of people, several of whom were carrying firearms.

Allen said today during the press conference that the fight involved members of the Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle clubs.

The Sparks and Reno police departments, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and University of Nevada, Reno police department and troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to the incident and located three victims of gunshot wounds once the situation was under control.

“There were multiple gunshot victims,” Allen said, but no bystanders or employees of the Nugget were injured.

One member of the Hells Angels is dead and two Vagos members are hospitalized this morning with non-life threatening injuries. The Washoe County Coroner’s Office has not released the name of the deceased at this time.

The SPD arrested one Hells Angel on charges connected with the shooting and a number of other arrests were made by other responding law enforcement agencies, Allen said.

“This is a tough situation today,” Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said today, adding he hopes people will not judge all motorcycle riders by the actions of a few. “When people enter the city with bad intentions, bad things happen.”

Al Parks, member of a neutral Christian motorcycle group from Salinas, Calif., shared the mayor’s sentiments.

“It was a terrible thing that happened,” Parks said. “This is not a normal occurrence. Things got out of hand.”

“I don’t think it had anything to do with the event,” said Ed Hanley, another Christian biker. “…Our mission is to spread the word of god. You can go out and have a motorcycle and have fun and you don’t have to act like children.”

Hanley said his group rides with a lot of different motorcycle groups and that most of them are really good people.

“We are very sorry that this happened,” he said.

The SPD and Washoe County Crime Lab are continuing to investigate this event with assistance from regional law enforcement.

There will be a press conference at 6 p.m. at the Sparks Police Department to give additional details as the investigation allows.

The Nugget is open today but Street Vibrations has been cancelled.

According to a press release, as a result of the shootings, Renown Regional Medical Center has applied extra security measures.

“These measures are only precautionary and will be in place until further notice,” the release states. “We regret any inconvenience this may temporarily cause, but patient and visitor safety is our top priority.”

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