Police, who characterized the melee at Harrah's Laughlin Casino as the worst shooting incident in the history of Nevada casinos, were questioning more than 200 people, "trying to separate the witnesses from the victims said.
The panel rejected claims he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Hells Angels San Jose boss Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew during the September 2011 melee on a busy Sparks casino floor that sent gamblers diving for cover behind dogs playing poker painting worth slot machines and blackjack tables.
According to the police report, Villagrana was observed on videotape shooting into the crowd during the incident, but police don't believe he fired the shot that killed Pettigrew.He told reporters after the verdicts were read he had felt comfortable the jury's quick work meant they'd found him innocent.He said officers were prepared to put a stop to the motorcycle event, if more violence appears likely.One person, a motorcyclist, was shot in the stomach by a person driving by in a BMW with tinted windows but is expected to live, authorities said.Witnesses from both gangs including one long-time Vagos-turned-federal informant who testified under a pseudonym said Pettigrew was an "icon" who was considered the "Godfather" of the Hells Angels in San Jose and the fifth-ranking member nationally.The Washoe District Court jury deliberated for only five hours before returning guilty verdicts on all seven felony counts, including first- and second-degree murder, for Ernesto Gonzalez, ex-president of the Vagos motorcycle gang's chapter in Nicaragua.Was founded in the 1930s and operates 21 casinos in 17 markets under the Harrah's, Rio, and Showboat names.No employees or Nugget guests were injured, according to police."We believe it's a 29-year-old white male from the San Diego area."The declaration merely provides some tools and tactics our city can and should use if it comes to that.".The attorneys said the "intelligence information provided to Harrah's prior to River Run 2002 was substantially similar to prior River Runs.3, frederick Donahue, one of the Hells Angels indicted after the incident, evaded capture for six years before surrendering in July 2008.This melee was unforeseeable - therefore, Harrah's owed no duty to protect from these third party criminal acts.".Cannito said a member of the Mongols motorcycle gang wandered into a group of their rivals, the Hells Angels, and a fight broke out which escalated into gunfire.
Three people were killed in an early-morning shooting at the casino as rival biker gangs clashed with knives and guns.
He's a motorcycle club member.".
Prosecutors maintain Gonzalez shot Pettigrew, 51, five times in the back in a "hit" approved by international leaders of the Vagos during their national convention at John Ascuaga's Nugget hotel-casino just east of Reno.
"Definitely, I do, yes Gonzalez told the judge.
Plaintiffs Kathy and Steven Fuller said in court papers they were gambling in the casino when they were engulfed by a stampede caused by the biker fight and at one point found themselves in an elevator with several Mongols armed with guns.Police are investigating any possible links with the Nugget shooting Friday.There was also another shooting in which an officer was involved, Cannito said."They started the fight and he finished the fight Hall said.Gonzalez he shot Pettigrew as a last resort because Pettigrew and another were kicking another Vagos on the floor and he feared they would kill him.