Police arrested a second man yesterday in connection with a shooting Sunday, July 6 at a Chevron on San Felipe Road in Hollister, California at the conclusion of Hollister’s annual motorcycle rally.
The shooting resulted from a confrontation between members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club and members of the Wino’s Crew Motorcycle Club. Three Boozefighters were shot during the incident. A fourth Boozefighter named Michael Richard Kich, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and posted bail. Kich and the three injured Boozefighters are all from Nevada.
Lamar Guy Jones Copeland
According to a Hollister Police press release, “The investigation has led officers to identify the alleged shooter of the “Boozefighters” as Wino’s Crew member, Lamar Guy Jones Copeland (photo above), 27, of Sacramento. A warrant for his arrest was issued several days ago and police have been working with the Sacramento Police Department in an attempt to locate him. After many hours of investigation and surveillance, the Sacramento Police Criminal Intelligence Unit located Copeland in Sacramento” yesterday.
Yesterday morning, “Hollister Detectives drove to the Sacramento area to take custody of Copeland. He was transported back to Hollister and booked at the San Benito County Jail for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held with no bail.”
Hollister police have already said the shooting was a continuation of a dispute that began outside Johnny’s Bar & Grill in Hollister on the evening of July 5. During that incident police arrested Wino’s Crew patch holder Kelly Eugene Rivas of Grass Valley, California for carrying a concealed knife. Police have said that fight was recorded by the newly installed video surveillance apparatus in downtown Hollister. No members of the Boozefighters MC are believed to be cooperating with the police investigation.
Wino’s Crew is an offshoot of the Boozefighters and it is named in honor of Boozefighters founder William “Wino Willie” Forkner who died in June 1997. Wino’s Crew was formed three months before Forkner’s death.
Wino’s Crew states, “We are a brotherhood formed around the traditions and memory of Wino Willie Forkner, founder of the Boozefighters MC. We are not a part of the BFMC nor are we a farm club. We were organized to defend Wino Willie, ‘JD’ John and the rest of the original Boozefighters from being dumped on by the new breed of Boozefighters in Texas.”