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Gunfight at Fresno biker club kills 1, wounds 12

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 a.m. HST, Oct 07, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. >> Authorities were investigating what touched off a wild "running gun battle" inside and outside a Fresno motorcycle club's annual dance, leaving one man dead and at least a dozen other wounded.

Shots were still being fired at 2 a.m. Saturday when the first of more than 100 law enforcement officers arrived at the Soul Brothers clubhouse near Fresno, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.

The gunfire erupted during the Soul Brothers' annual dance, which draws bikers and other motorcycle clubs from all over the state. About 500 people were inside the warehouse-like clubhouse when the shooting started.

The shooting quickly tuned into "a running gun battle" in the street outside the club, and hundreds of partygoers were running for cover when the first officers arrived, sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said.

Despite briefly detaining and questioning about 100 people, authorities have yet to make an arrest.

The Fresno County coroner identified the dead man Sunday as Dejuan Gladney, 18. The coroner didn't list a hometown.

Gladney and several injured people were found in the clubhouse, which is in an unincorporated neighborhood of Fresno County called Calwa. Another victim was on a nearby street.

Curtice said the injuries ranged from minor to "extremely serious." Authorities have not released the names of the people who were wounded.

Large gatherings of bikers descend on Fresno twice a year, once in the spring and then again in fall, the Fresno Bee reported . The gatherings frequently turn violent, the newspaper said, but police blame gangs for starting some of the violence rather than the bikers themselves.

The club's website was inoperable Sunday and no representative could be reached at the clubhouse.

Old newspaper reports say Soul Brothers was formed in 1967 in East Palo Alto as a multi-racial club before moving to Stockton then Fresno. The club also has a Las Vegas chapter, whose phone rang unanswered Sunday.

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SteveToo wrote:
Wonder if these were Harley Bikers, or those riding Japanese bikes. Big difference in the people in both groups.
on October 6,2013 | 04:21PM
false wrote:
How many "soul brothers" can afford a Harley.
on October 6,2013 | 05:27PM
SteveToo wrote:
LOL Hate them Japanese Rice Rockets. So damm noisy.
on October 6,2013 | 08:46PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT Steve, I hate them noisy mopeds. I don't mind quiet rice rockets. On some, all you hear is the drive line.
on October 7,2013 | 10:32AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT false, million of "soul brothers" worldwide can afford a Harley, if they wanted to. Contrary to this dumb statement, not all black men are poverty-stricken.
on October 7,2013 | 10:30AM
st1d wrote:
"Curtice said the injuries ranged from minor to "extremely serious." "

that's a quaint way of classifying dead, as extremely serious. must be a fresno thing.

on October 6,2013 | 08:17PM
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