A simmering conflict between members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and the Los Solitarios Motorcycle Club in Leesville, Louisiana near Fort Polk culminated in gunfire on December 23.
In an open letter to members of the Iron Order, Iron Legacy Motorcycle Club president and former Iron Order president Ray “Izod” Lubesky wrote: “With the shooting incident between the Iron Order and a support club of the Bandidos in DeRidder, Louisiana two days before Christmas and two Iron Order brothers allegedly getting beat up and sent to the hospital by 81 and an 81 supporter in Massachusetts on Christmas Eve, we can assure every IO brother, the Iron Legacy is not hostile, not a threat and definitely not a concern the IO leadership needs to be spending any time worrying about.” Portions of that letter were published here on January 25 and many readers didn’t know what he was talking about..
The shooting actually occurred outside a bar called the Infirmary on Lake Charles Highway in Leesville, Louisiana. The Aging Rebel has obtained and confirmed the identity of the shooter, who is a Military Policemen at Fort Polk, and has declined to publish his name.
The shooter was an Iron Order prospect and in the company of an Iron Order member when he was beaten in an encounter with three Los Solitarios at a gas station on Entrance Road in Leesville last April 18. The Iron Order members immediately called the police. The shooter has since patched with the Iron Order.
In a voluntary statement given to Deputy John Adams of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iron Order member Daniel Lee Bradley (Bradley is not the shooter) said that two Los Solitarios blocked them from leaving after they bought gas. Then a third person arrived on a motorcycle and they were attacked without provocation. The Infirmary shooter was briefly hospitalized after the incident, complaining to police that he “couldn’t stand up.”
The shooter and Bradley have since been cooperating with prosecutors. The accused men are charged with simple battery, second-degree battery and criminal conspiracy and are free on $40,000 bond
On the evening of December 23, three members of Los Solitarios were drinking in the bar. The shooter, another Iron Order member and a member of the Iron Legacy entered the bar and were asked to leave because the Iron Order is banned from the establishment. All three were armed. According to an eyewitness, the three rejected patrons got into a car with an Iron Order Maiden. As they drove away the Fort Polk military policeman fired at several people standing in the parking lot, including one of his alleged assailants in the April brawl. No one was hit.
Police did not respond to the incident and no police report was filed.
At least at Fort Polk, members of the Iron Order and the Iron Legacy maintain cordial relations. At the time of the shooting Raymond Dang, who is the Command Sergeant Major for 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, was the vice-president of the local Iron Legacy chapter.
The Aging Rebel has not been able to learn if Dang sanctioned the shooting. He has since been reassigned.