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President of Bandidos Motorcycle Club dies after bar shooting

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, is the president for one of the three El Paso chapters of the motorcycle club, according to the El Paso Motorcycle Coalition. He was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive. Police said the bar will be closed for seven days, following the shooting after a license suspension was imposed on the bar by TABC.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.

Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in connection with the shooting on Wednesday in San Elizario.

Police said Gonzalez is a member of the Kinfolk Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

The El Paso Motorcycle Coalition posted on Facebook about Martinez’s death writing:

It is with great sadness that I pass on this information. Juan/Compa, President of the Bandidos El Paso Chapter, passed away today. Please keep Gracie, their family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

Martinez was arrested last year after a fight broke out outside of a business at 2281 N. Zaragoza Road.

In that fight, Martinez , along with the motorcycle club’s sergeant at arms James Heredia and secretary Thomas Decarlos , were accused of attacking another group with clubs and bats.

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