At least 3 person is dead and multiple injured after ‘rolling shootouts’ erupted between two rival biker gangs in New Mexico, as the town is put under curfew and hospitals are locked down to avoid retaliations.
The Memorial Day rally in Red River, the town’s 41st annual, turned violent on Saturday when shots rang at the packed event between rival gangs.
Mayor Linda Calhoun says 3 people were killed and 5 others were injured in the shooting. At least 25 motorcycles were seen following the ambulances headed to Holy Cross Medical Center.
One victim was seen being rolled to an ambulance on a stretcher, while another body was covered in a white sheet on the sidewalk, video footage shows.
‘Be advised, there is another shootout going on — a rolling shootout — between Banditos [Motorcycle Club] and someone else,’ an officer reported around 6pm, according to Taos News.
‘They are shutting down Red River,’ another officer advised over the police scanner, according to the local report.
Multiple people have been rushed to the hospital after gunshots erupted at a biker rally in New Mexico. Unofficial reports estimate up to 10 have been hospitalized and possibly one death has occurred – the official number of victims is unknown
At least 25 motorcycles were seen following the ambulances headed to Holy Cross Medical Center
A victim was seen being loaded up into an ambulance at the event
A victim was seen covered by a white sheet after being fatal shot on Saturday
The scene is still active, according to New Mexico State Police. Officials have not released the cause of the shooting.
The Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina, who was off-duty, shared a photo of the event 30 minutes before the shooting occurred. He wrote on Twitter: ‘Prayers for all impacted by todays shooting in my home town. Was a great day as I having dinner with my wife in Red River. What a helpless feeling not having a badge, gun or radio as State Police officers and others enter the restaurant and slowly everything closes down and you don’t even know if you can get to your car or if it’s in the scene.’
The Mayor of Taos, Pascualito M. Maestas, has issue a curfew from 10pm to 4am and all retailers are banned from selling alcohol during this time.
An officer reportedly said the shooting involved the Banditos Motorcycle Club – an outlaw club – and there was a ‘rolling shootout,’ according to Taos News.
It was originally reported by the Albuquerque Journal that the shooting occurred at the Motherlode Saloon in Red River, but the bar took to Facebook to deny it, confirming the grave incident did not take place there.
Cops seal off streets after shooting near biker festival in NM
An officer reportedly said the shooting involved the Banditos Motorcycle Club – an outlaw club – and there was a ‘rolling shootout’
The scene is still active, according to New Mexico State Police. Officials have not released the cause of the shooting
The Mayor of Taos, Pascualito M. Maestas, has issue a curfew from 10pm to 4am and all retailers are banned from selling alcohol during this time
According to the event schedule, bikers were expected to be at Bull O’ the Woods Saloon for a live music event by Warning Shot.
Red River was shut down following the event and police are reportedly looking for a group of bikers, The Sun reported.
More than 25,000 bikers were expected to be in town for the rally this weekend.
The event is scheduled to take place from May 25 to May 29 with multiple vendors selling food, leather, lace, among others.