On Friday evening just before midnight a gunfight erupted at the Nugget Hotel and Casino in the city of Sparks, Nevada between armed members of the Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle clubs. One member of the Hells Angels was killed and two members of the Vagos were injured. This Saturday morning there was also a drive by shooting. A large number of bikers are present in the city of Sparks and Reno for the the fall Street Vibrations motorcycle event. Due to these shootings the Governor declared a state of emergency on behalf of the city of Sparks and the Street Vibrations motorcycle event dubbed a “celebration of music, metal and motorcycles” is cancelled for the remainder of the weekend.
Added 09/25/2011 at 7.00 am EST. The person killed in the gunfight Friday night is Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, the 51-year-old head of the Hells Angels San Jose chapter. The 2 injured Vagos are at the hospital in stable condition. The Saturday morning drive-by shooting seems is seen by police as a case of retaliation.