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John L. Smith: Henderson shooting ‘ranks with dumbest things Hells Angels have done’

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This Henderson Detention Center combination photo, shows suspects from left, Richard John Devries, Russell Smith, center, and Stephen Alo, right, following their arrest and booking on Monday, May 30, 2022, on felony attempted murder, battery and weapon charges in a shooting on a Las Vegas-area freeway.

The Memorial Day weekend shooting spree that left seven wounded continues to develop with last week's indictment of three men associated with a local chapter of the Hells Angels.

Victims in the shooting, which occurred in heavy traffic on a stretch of U.S. 95 in Henderson, were members and associates of the rival Vagos motorcycle club.

State of Nevada contributor and commentator John L. Smith has been following that story. 

“This has to rank with the dumbest things of all the dumb things the Hells Angels have done,” he said. All men are facing 19 charges each. “They’ll be in the penitentiary a long time.”

He pointed to a recent murder case in San Bernardino as a possible motive for the shooting. 

“They’re going after each other on a fairly regular basis,” he said. 

In the meantime, Las Vegas police have asked any eyewitnesses to the shooting to step forward.

“However, the absolute mass of humanity that flowed past the shooting scene, it tells me that there are a lot of folks out there who saw a lot, who probably shot a lot of photos, and I think we're gonna see some more of that as time passes,” Smith said.

John L. Smith, State of Nevada contributor

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.