PASCO, Wash. – Five California men with ties to the Hells Angels biker gang were arrested in connection with a shooting just north of Pasco on Friday Aug. 18.
The victim, 52-year-old Dennis Donahue, was shot in the leg riding north on Highway 395 with a separate group of bikers. He was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center last week in serious condition.
Three of the bikes in Donahue’s group also sustained damage to their bikes from gunshots, according to court documents.
A person who was on the side of the road in a broken down vehicle called 911 to report the incident. The caller said a group of motorcyclists pulled over about 60 yards in front of him and pointed what appeared to be a handgun in his direction before continuing up the highway.
Authorities detained William Maclean, 66, Jason Marshall, 47, William Smeeton, 47, Neal Foulger, 55, and Michael Smullen, 59. All of them are being held on suspicion of criminal mischief with a deadly weapon.
Convicted felons Marshall and Foulger are also facing charges of 2nd degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
None of them provided any details about what happened during the incident. Their bail amounts range from $10,000 to $35,000.
Authorities noted that a Hells Angels sponsored event was scheduled in Spokane around the same time a Mongrols motorcycle club event was to take place in Oregon. These are rival gangs with a history of violence, often involving firearms.
Law enforcement are still trying to get ahold of witnesses who saw the incident unfold.