Bandidos chapter leader dies following El Paso bar shooting

EL PASO - The president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club died Thursday after being shot during a bar brawl Sunday, July 30.

Juan Martinez, 61, had been hospitalized since he and three other men were shot during a fight between biker gangs at Mulligan's Chopped Hog on George Dieter Drive near Trawood Drive, police said.

"It is with great sadness that I pass on this information, Juan/Compa of the Bandidos passed away today," the El Paso Motorcycle Coalition posted on its Facebook page Thursday evening.

The coalition asked for prayers for Martinez's family. Martinez's son also posted on Facebook that his father had died.

On Wednesday, El Paso police arrested a Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club in connection with the shooting that wounded four members

Gonzalez was booked into the El Paso County jail on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remained jailed Thursday under a $650,000 bond.

The other men wounded in the shooting were Ballardo Salcido, 49; Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36; and David Villalobos, 47.

Police had identified Martinez as an El Paso chapter president of the Bandidos during an arrest last year in connection with the assault of members of another biker group.

Daniel Borunda may be reached at 546-6102; dborunda@elpasotimes.com; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

El Paso Times


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