An alleged member of the Mongols biker gang was arrested this morning in connection with the June 21 shooting outside The Echo nightclub that left three people injured. Police believe the suspect – Jose Luis Sanchez, 25, of Los Angeles – intended to shoot a member of the rival Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang who was inside the Sunset Boulevard nightspot, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division. None of the three shooting victims, however, were associated with either the suspected shooter or the member of the Hell’s Angels, police said.
Sanchez arrested without incident in the Hollebeck Division – which includes Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights – after police obtained a search and arrest warrant, Buhrmester said. “Evidence consistent with that at the crime scene was found, as well as numerous firearms,” he said.
Early witness and police reports said the gunman – who was said to have been wearing a black helmet, clothing and boots – fired 8 to 10 rounds from a semi-automatic pistol into the crowd leaving the Sunset Boulevard nightclub at about 2:10 AM. There was some reports that the gunman fire while sitting on a motorcycle but police later said they were still trying to confirm details of the shooting.
Buhrmester noted that The Echo – a popular music venue featuring indie bands – is not known as a biker gang hangout. It’s not clear why a member of the Hell’s Angels was at the club but someone was able to inform Sanchez that a gang rival was at The Echo that night, Buhrmester said.
Update: The post has been updated with with new information about the suspect.