The Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club of Fresno were throwing it's annual dance, with several other biker clubs in attendence, when shots rang out in the dance hall, where over 500 had gathered for the party. It turned into a running street battle and when the dust had cleared, there was one dead and a dozen wounded.
The Fresno County Sheriff's office reported that shots were still being fired as the first of 100 officers arrived at the scene at about 2 a.m. PDT Saturday. The lone fatality was identified as 18-year-old Dejuan Gladney, whose body was found in the clubhouse with a few of the other wounded. The injuries are describes as being minor to extremely serious.
No arrests have yet been made and the police have not released the names of any of the wounded.
The Fresno Bee reported that the Soul Brothers were hosting the annual party and that motorcycle clubs descend on Fresno twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. These gatherings often become violent but are attributed to fights between gangs and usually not individuals.
The club's website remains inoperable and there was no answer on their phone or the phone in their other chapter in Las Vegas. The Soul Brothers were formed in 1967 as a multiracial group.