This story wsa published on July 26 and corrected on July 27. The story was corrected to establish that the Heathens Motorcycle Club mentioned in this story is not connected to or associated with the Heathens Motorcycle Club with a chapter in Rome, Georgia or any other club.
It is going to be a long, hot summer.
There was a shooting between members of two motorcycle clubs at the Kangaroo Express gas station and minimart on Decatur Pike near Interstate 75 in Athens, Tennessee early Saturday morning, shortly after midnight. Athens is small town of 13,500 people sixty miles northeast of Chattanooga.
Multiple sources have told The Aging Rebel that the attackers at the Kangaroo were members of the Heathens Motorcycle Club. The Heathens have established a chapter in Tennessee and wear a “Nomad” botoom rocker and a diamond. The Heathens are not members of the Tennessee Confederation of Clubs and are in now way connected to the Heathens Motorcycle Club of Rome, Georgia.
Sources and most published reports say that the men who were attacked at the gas station were members of the American Outlaws Association. Some news accounts have identified the victims as “members of the Widowmakers/Outlaw Biker Club.” The Widowmakers Motorcycle Club has a chapter in Athens and its members maintain cordial relations with the AOA. Both the Outlaws and the Widowmakers are members of the Tennessee Confederation of Clubs.
By all accounts, the dispute began Friday evening when a group of Heathens eating in an Applebee’s on Decatur Pike, less than half a mile from the shooting scene, were approached by members of the AOA and a fight ensued. According to published reports guns were drawn and combatants assaulted each other with chairs. Police responded but no charges were filed. According to one report, Heathens Jarod Grant, Robert Wood and Patrick Petty told police they “would handle the situation their own way and did not wish to have any police assistance in prosecution of the incident.”
According to local police, surveillance video shows the Outlaws had stopped to refuel at the Kangaroo Express when a Chevrolet Tahoe pulled in behind them and its occupants began shooting. At least one of the Outlaws returned fire.
Two men were wounded. They were Petty and an Outlaw named Steven Kirkland. Both men were treated at the Starr Regional Medical Center and then transferred to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Petty and four other Heathens, Grant, Wood, Thomas Ingle, Jr. and Jerry Henry were arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder. Grant, Wood, Ingle and Henry are being held at the McMinn County Justice Center. No bail has yet been set.