Strug­gle between mo­tor­cy­cle gangs rat­tles New Mex­ico cap­i­tal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SANTA FE, N.M. — A driveby shoot­ing and a hos­pi­tal lock­down prompted po­lice in tourist-friendly Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, to in­crease pa­trols and sur­veil­lance amid a turf war between mo­tor­cy­cle gangs based in Texas and Cal­i­for­nia, au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day.

The mea­sures were or­dered af­ter a mem­ber of the Va­gos Mo­tor­cy­cle Club was shot and wounded while the home of a Ban­di­dos Mo­tor­cy­cle Club mem­ber was be­ing rid­dled with bul­lets in a drive-by at­tack, po­lice spokesman Greg Gu­rule said.

The sit­u­a­tion has some res­i­dents on edge in the capi­tol of New Mex­ico, known for its tran­quil his­toric plaza, art gal­leries and fes­ti­vals. ``We want to make sure res­i­dents (and visi­tors) feel safe,’’ Gu­rule said. ``We are not go­ing to put up with this.’’

Au­thor­i­ties say the vi­o­lence came Satur­day night amid an on­go­ing tuft war between the Cal­i­for­ni­abased Va­gos and the Texas-founded Ban­di­dos. A crim­i­nal com­plaint says David An­drew Cor­dova, 54, and his son David Ray Cor­dova, 29, fired more than 20 rounds at the home from a pickup truck.

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