When most people imagine a group of outlaw motorcyclists, they think of the Hells Angels. This motorcycle club has around 2,500 members spanning over six continents, and the group has become so large that they are now considered a legitimate business. The bikers have maintained a very strong presence in California, and they’ve been known to get involved in turf wars with other biker groups in the past.
More recently, the group has moved away from the violence and aggressiveness they portrayed in the past. Despite this, several of the group’s members have now been implicated in a shooting that occurred in Greenville on September 10th.
According to police reports, the shooting occurred around 3 A.M. near the Hometown Inn on Lee Jackson Highway. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found two victims. One male was suffering from a gunshot wound, and the other victim appeared to have been beaten severely. Both were rushed the hospital. The shooting victim remains in critical condition, but medical experts have stabilized his condition. The second victim was released after being treated.
Deputies at the scene identified seven men, all members of Hells Angels, as the primary suspects in the brutal attack. They were all detained and taken to Middle River Regional Jail. Five of the suspects were charged with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and malicious wounding. The remaining two suspects were charged with possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics and possession of methamphetamine. Police believed the suspects were upset when members of a rival motorcycle gang, the Pagans, showed up to rent a room in the same hotel.