Apparently, members of the Stoned Sober Motorcycle Club and members of the Sober Riders Motorcycle Club are lighting each other up in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Police Department has announced, in drips and drabs, that John Lindenman, 43 and Bradley Lutzo, 45, were gunned down outside the QuikTrip convenience store in the Sunnyslope section of Phoenix about 11 pm Tuesday. Sunnyslope is due east of Glendale and just south of North Mountain Park.
Rival Motorcycle Gangs
Police announced that the men were shot at the conclusion of a brawl between “rival motorcycle gangs.” A source within the Phoenix Police Department told the Arizona Republic that the fight was between motorcycle “groups as substance-free organizations purportedly geared toward recovering addicts looking to ride with other sober motorcycle enthusiasts.”
The math is so simple even a cop could do it. There are, at last count, 28 outlaw motorcycle clubs in Arizona. Two of them are clean and sober clubs: The well known Sober Riders MC and the less well known Stoned Sober MC.
In a prepared statement, the Phoenix Police announced the department “will not release the names of the groups” because of “its policy on withholding the identifications of documented criminal street gangs.”
Police found Lindenman lying on the ground in front of the convenience store. He was taken to an unnamed hospital where he died. Lutzo, was found in the passenger seat of a pick up truck that had been left in front of Saint Luke’s Medical Center. He was treated by emergency workers and pronounced Dead On Arrival.
Police said both Lindenman and Lutzo were members of the same “motorcycle organization.” Neither man had a criminal record.
Police said that multiple shots were fired at the QuikTrip and that a gun was recovered at the scene.
No arrests have been made. No suspects have been named. One police spokesman, Sergeant Tommy Thompson, denied knowing the clubs to which the two men belonged.
As you read this, cops are probably hunting for suspects in bars.