San Jose gang investigators are trying to figure out who blasted bullets early Saturday morning into a bar known to be frequented by bikers.
No one was injured at Checkered Flag Bar and Grill on Lincoln Avenue. Police declined to comment when asked if they believed the gunfire could be connected to the rising tensions between the Hell's Angels and Mongols motorcycle clubs, sworn enemies who some experts fear are on the cusp of a unprecedented war.
"Right now, we don't know who did it,'' police spokesman Enrique Garcia said. "We're looking at many possibilities."But sources told the Mercury News that Hell's Angels and their associates the Henchmen were known to frequent the bar and detectives were probing the possibility the gunshots were the latest retaliatory action.
On Sept, 2, Hell's Angels San Francisco chapter president Mark "Papa" Guardado was shot down by a suspected Modesto Mongol near the biker gang's clubhouse, according to authorities. Thursday, three pipe bombs exploded in the driveway of an upper echelon member of San Jose's Mongol Motorcycle Club. San Jose police have not attributed that bombing to the Hell's Angels, but they are looking into the possibility.About 1:05 a.m. Saturday, shots were fired at the San Jose bar, striking a window. One bullet went through the window of an apartment where someone was sleeping, police said.Bar owner Keith Scarboro said his drinking and dancing patrons
didn't even know about the shots until a police officer came and pointed out the damaged window."Good jukebox,'' Scarboro said.He said he didn't know anything about the biker gangs' conflict. He just wanted to replace his window and move on."I have a motorcycle crowd,'' he said. "But just because they ride motorcycles don't assume anything.''"I'm just trying to build a business here and so far it's been trouble free,'' the bar owner said "I'm so pissed.''