Patrick Eberhardt, a member of the Cave Creek charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and a second generation Hells Angel, was murdered about 10:50 p.m. Saturday. Eberhardt died as he was riding on Bell Road in Phoenix near 15th Street, about two miles east of the Steel Horse Saloon.
An unidentified club hang around and friend of the murdered man was riding next to him in a pack of about six motorcycles. The hang around was seriously wounded in the incident and is expected to survive. An unknown shooter or shooters opened fire on the pack as it approached 15th Street from the east., heading toward the Steel Horse and Route 17. Bell Road was closed between 12th Street and 16th Street until 9 a.m. Sunday.
A Phoenix police spokesman named James Holmes has been vague about details of the murder. “When officers arrived they found two young white males in their 20’s in the roadway both suffering from gunshot injuries,” Holmes said. Eberhardt was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nobody Knows Anything
“They are wearing insignia for Hells Angels,” Holmes said. “We don’t know if they’re actual club members or associates, but they’re obviously distraught as to what happened to their friends. We’re not getting a whole lot of assistance from them because they don’t know.”
“Unfortunately, they’re not able to tell us a whole lot based on the fact that it was dark and we don’t know where those shots came from,”
Yesterday morning, Homes said “We’re not getting any indication they were involved in anything last night before this shooting with anyone so it’s a big mystery to us.”
“We have no motive no suspects,” the spokesman said. “But what we do have is lots of business in this area and we’re looking for people who might have been in the area and seen what happened around 11 o’clock and who might not have talked to our police officers.”
Holmes said police are investigating whether the murder was “gang related.”
“Considering the fact you do have the MC, and they have rivals, they have things that go on with them,” Holmes said.