Shooting between motorcycle clubs prompts brief hospital lockdown

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A shooting between two motorcycle clubs with a history of conflict prompted a brief lock down at a Santa Fe hospital Saturday.

According to Santa Fe Police Cpt. Robert Vasquez, the shooting happened Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. outside of a home near Camino del Gusto and Alamosa, just east of Cerrilos.

In the shooting, a member of the Vagos MC was hit and suffered a non-life threatening injury. Police say that victim identified the shooter as a Bandidos motorcycle club member.

Police say no one with the Bandidos MC is in custody at this time, but a different member of the Vagos MC has been arrested for shooting from a car.

Bandidos MC members are being questioned by officers as the investigation continues.

Vasquez says some members of these groups are being cooperative, while others are not.

For example, the member of the Bandidos who owns the home where the shooting happened would not allow police to take photos of the residence for evidence.

Police said the residence could possibly be a Bandidos clubhouse.

When the injured Vagos MC member was taken to the hospital late Saturday, police said people started showing up to the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center lobby. That prompted a brief lock down as a precautionary measure for the safety of patients and hospital staff.

In 2013 News 13 “On Special Assignment” reported mounting tensions between the Vagos and Bandidos. At the time, the Vagos were new to town and wanted to run the show.

That was followed by a fatal shooting in Albuquerque with the Vagos at the center of it. Then a warning from the FBI to local law enforcement of a possible gang war but the last few years have been relatively quiet.

Police say since the shooting occurred, these groups have the “full attention” of police as to make sure no other problems occur, especially at upcoming large events in the city like farmers markets.