A confrontation between the Hells Angels and Mongols —rival motorcycle gangs with a long history of violence — resulted in the death of a 56-year-old man who fired into a crowd over the weekend, according to police.
Hells Angels bikers were attending an event in the 3200 block of Buck Owens Boulevard on Saturday afternoon when members of the Mongols arrived, police said Tuesday.
During the ensuring confrontation, Ricardo Viera, who police say was affiliated with the Mongols, grabbed an illegal firearm from a vehicle and fired one round into a crowd of people at the event. At least one person was struck and suffered minor injuries, police said.
A Hells Angels member then armed himself with a legally-owned handgun and fired several rounds at Viera, killing him. Police said this man called the Bakersfield Police Department several minutes later and reported his involvement.
Police detained and interviewed but did not arrest him, and on Tuesday the Bakersfield Police Department — after reviewing evidence, statements obtained from multiple witnesses and corroborating video — said it doesn't appear he will be charged.
The man's name is being withheld due to threats of retaliation, police said.
The investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call Detective Shane Shaff at 326-3861or the BPD at 327-7111.