Update on Nugget Shooting

Updated Information:

 

The victim from Friday evenin’s shooting at the Nugget has been identified as Jeffrey Pettigrew, DOB 9/7/60. Pettigrew was the President of the San Jose Chapter of the Hell’s Angels.

 

Additional shooting victims are:

 

Leonard Ramirez, DOB 6/8/66 California resident and a Vagos Motorcycle Club member.  He is in stable condition at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

 

Diego Garcia, DOB 7/3/83 California resident and a Vagos Motorcycle Club member. He is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.

 

No suspects have been arrested for the murder of Pettigrew or the shootings of Ramirez or Garcia at this time. We are currently reviewing casino surveillance tapes and responding officer statements to develop suspect information.

 

As part of last night’s shooting, Hell’s Angel member Cesar Villagrana, DOB 6/1/75 and resident of California, was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Villagrana was observed on videotape shooting into the crowd during the incident; however, it cannot be confirmed at this time if any of the projectiles struck the victims identified above.

 

During the investigation, witnesses indicated other bystanders possibly videotaped or photographed portions of this incident. If you have any information on this incident, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900. You can also text Secret Witness at 847411, keyword secret.

 

As we indicated this morning, another shooting occurred at around 10:49 AM near 60 E. Victorian Avenue. A motorcyclist was driving down Victorian Avenue when a car pulled alongside and shot the motorcyclist in the stomach. The victim’s name is being withheld at this time and he is in stable condition at a local hospital. We are unable to definitively link the two shooting incidents at this time.

 

Witnesses indicate a black 4-door 3 Series BMW with tinted windows with two occupants was seen driving west on Victorian at a high rate of speed immediately after this shooting.

 

Based on the two incidents above, an increased demand for public safety and an overall depletion of police department resources; the Sparks Police Department executive staff, City of Sparks executive management, John Ascuaga’s Nugget executive management and Road Shows management determined that for the overall protection of the citizens of Sparks and visitors to our region, that the Sparks venue of the 2011 Street Vibrations event would be canceled.  The closing of the Sparks’ venue began at 4pm this afternoon.

 

To help facilitate the needs of the City during this time, the mayor of the City of Sparks as previously mentioned has declared a State of Emergency.

 

The Sparks Police Department has increased the number of both foot and mobile patrols in and around the downtown corridor.  The Police Department has also continued to work with the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to provide for the safety of our citizens.

 

The Sparks Police Department wants to acknowledge that the acts of these two motorcycle clubs do not represent a majority of the motorcycle enthusiasts that come to the Street Vibrations event.

 

Again, if you have any information on either of these incidents, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900. You can also text secret witness at 847411, keyword secret.