By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
Members of the Bandidos and Waterdogs motorcycle clubs were involved in a deadly shootout in Red River, New Mexico, at the annual Memorial Day motorbike rally on Saturday. Three bikers were killed, five were wounded.
What was supposed to be a fun weekend filled with tens of thousands of regular motorcycle enthusiasts enjoying Memorial Day turned into bloody mayhem when outlaw bikers of the Bandidos and Waterdogs clashed around 5:00 p.m.
Members of both clubs traded gunfire on the busy streets of Red River as bystanders fled in panic and screams erupted everywhere. “It was just gangbanger on gangbanger,” State Police Chief Tim Johnson told the media on Sunday.
Three dead, three charged
After the dust settled, eight bikers lay bleeding in the streets. Of those eight, three were dead. Two were members of the Bandidos, one of the Waterdogs. Police flooded the scene and locked the town down. “They are shutting down Red River,” one officer advised over the police scanner.
While the wounded were driven to the hospital, precautions were taken there too. Holy Cross Hospital in Taos was put under lockdown with local cops on guard to prevent further violence.
Only three bikers have been charged. 30-year-old Jacob Castillo, a member of the Waterdogs from New Mexico was charged with murder. 39-year-old Matthew Jackson, a Bandidos chapter president from Texas, was charged with one count of unlawful carrying of a firearm, and 41-year-old Christopher Garcia, also from Texas and a member of the Bandidos, was busted on cocaine possession.
The Bandidos have been known to get involved in shootouts. According to Johnson, they were part of at least three shootings in Texas and Oklahoma in the past two months.
They made headlines in 2015, for their role in the mass shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead and eighteen wounded. Over 150 people were arrested, though prosecutors failed to bring justice in many of the cases. The bikers were present to attend a meeting about political rights for motorcyclists when they got in a shootout with rival club the Cossacks. It wasn’t their finest hour.
From the looks of last weekend, it doesn't seem like they learned any lessons from previous shootouts either.
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