An eyewitness to the gunfight between members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club in Chino Valley, Arizona last Saturday describes it as “an ambush.”
No Vago or Hells Angel has talked to this page about this incident. Most clubs enforce a “don’t talk to reporters rule.”
According to the witness, approximately 25 full patch Vagos were on their way to a family birthday party, which included women and children, at a house located at 2920 Yuma Drive in Chino Valley.
Yuma Drive is about a mile west of Route 89. Chino Valley is a mostly rural, incorporated area about 50 miles south of Ash Fork and about 20 miles north of Prescott.
The Source’s Account
There were two packs of Vagos,” the witness said. “The first pack had between five and seven riders in it. The second pack with about 20 Vagos was a half mile behind the first pack.” The witness said between six and eight Hells Angels, prospects or supporters were in the front yard of a gray, stucco house at 2640 Yuma Drive. “No one is sure how many full patches were on the HA side,” the witness said. “As the Vagos got closer to the house the HA reached into saddle bags on several of the bikes and opened fire on the Vagos as they rode by.”
According to the witness one Vago was shot in the leg and at least one other bike was hit. The Vagos laid down their bikes and returned fire. “The second pack rode up and the HA ran into the house for cover and began shooting from there,” the witness said. “When the Vagos chase cars got there the shooting was pretty much over but the Angels then got into cars and began patrolling outside the house (at 2640 Yuma Drive) while the Vagos returned to the member’s house up the street (at 2920 Yuma Drive.)
Police arrived about 15 minutes after the shooting stopped. In a press release issued Sunday, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said “at least 50 rounds were fired during the shooting.”
Police from numerous departments flooded Yuma Drive after the gunfight. Besides the Yavapai County Sheriff’s, the departments who responded included the Chino Valley Police Department; United States Forest Service; the Arizona Department of Public Safety; the Prescott and Prescott Valley Police Departments; Agents from Arizona’s notorious Gang and Immigration Intelligence Enforcement Mission (GIITEM pronounced like Get ‘em;) and Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Authorities believe at least one injured man, “was assisted away from the scene in an unknown vehicle. Detectives are hoping to locate this individual.” Four other people are known to have been injured in the shootout. As usually happens, the authorities have not yet named any of the victims or suspects. At least one gunshot victim was carried out of the house at 2640 Yuma Drive on a stretcher and helicoptered to the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Sunnyslope, north of Phoenix. That victim has been reported to be Joby Walters, a long time and respected member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and a former member of the Angels’ Skull Valley charter
Residents of both houses were kicked out for 13 hours while the homes were ransacked. Twenty-seven people were arrested after the police arrived. The charges against those rounded up include Attempted Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Endangerment, Participation in a Criminal Street Gang, and Unlawful Assembly.
An informed source describes the charges as “bogus.” As of Monday, all but one of the Vagos had been released from custody. That remaining man is expected to be released today.
Authorities also impounded “several motorcycles.”