Last summer a member of the Mongols biker gang was arrested for allegedly opening fire on nightclub goers at The Echo after he came gunning for a rival from the Hell’s Angels who was inside the Echo Park club. The shooting left three people injured who had been at the club during its weekly Part Time Punks show featuring performances by the Warlocks and The Meek. It also left many people wondering what would have attracted bikers to The Echo, a hot spot for indie music. This week, a story in the L.A. Weekly provides more eyewitness accounts of the June 21 shooting and background as to what attracted biker gang members to The Echo. It turns out bikers are also fans of the dark side of indie music, according to the story:
“Los Angeles Police Department detectives were initially baffled. The Echo isn’t a hub of criminal activity, and Part Time Punks is just that. This is where the bloodless and the twee, guys who can’t bench-press their shirts, chicks in leopard-print dresses, have no natural predators.
At the time, an LAPD supervisor at Rampart Division could only comment, ‘This is kind of weird.’
But the LAPD quickly established that among fans of the dark, psychedelic music churned out by garage rockers the Warlocks and the Meek are members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. ‘We’re going over the security tape and see there’s a ‘full-patch’ Hells Angel in the club,’ says Officer Jose Mireles, of Rampart Division, meaning a full-fledged member, ‘and he’s the victim’ of the attempted hit.”
The story also says that Echo Park and Los Feliz have seen an “influx of violent, clashing criminal biker groups.” But, with the exception of the Echo shooting and a description of a dozen Mongols stopping by a Los Feliz dive bar, there was no other information about biker violence in the area.