Authorities arrest man involved in gang-related shooting at east El Paso bar


Local and federal authorities arrested a suspected gang member wanted in connection with a shooting at an east El Paso bar.

The shooting happened Sunday night at Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive and left four people injured.

Juan Martinez, 61, and Ballardo Salcido, 49, were seriously injured. Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday in San Elizario. The El Paso Police Department’s gang unit, along with members of the Texas Department of Public Safety, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection assisted with the arrest.

Police said Gonzalez was a member of the Kinfolk Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, and they also said Sunday night’s shooting involved a rival gang.

A member of the El Paso Bandidos Motorcycle Club spoke about the shooting on Wednesday.

"They went on and on, and there might have been some kind of an altercation," Ashley ‘Smiley’ Brecker of the Bandidos El Paso chapter said.

Brecker said he left right before shots were fired by a gunman from a different group inside the bar.

"One of them came in helmet on, full leathers, gloves and just started shooting the place,” Brecker said.

The FBI, Department of Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety lists the Bandidos Motorcycle Club as a tier two gang.

Clifton ‘Dozer’ Roberts, the Bandidos National President, held a press conference Tuesday to speak about the incident.

"El Paso's been our home. So by no means are we planning on turning the area into a war zone,” Roberts said. “But I am here and our club is here to personally let everyone know that is no way in our thoughts."

The national president said two of the members in the hospital are in critical condition.

Gonzalez was booked into the county jail with bail set at $650,000.

Police said Mulligan’s Chopped Hog Bar will be closed for seven days, effective Monday, following Sunday night’s shooting after a license suspension was imposed on the bar by TABC.

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