As if things aren’t bad enough in Chicago, now two rival motorcycle gangs are now going after each other

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CHICAGO, IL- As if things are not bad enough in Chicago with street gangs, Fox News is now reporting that violence between rival biker gangs is on the rise “after years of relative peace.”

According to police and sources from within some of the gangs, the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club, a rival of the Outlaws have been increasingly involved in violent conflicts stemming from the Mongol Nation club allegedly trying to squeeze into Outlaws territory, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

According to the Chicago Police Department, there have been multiple shootings between the gangs in the city over the recent past.

For example, in one such incident, four members of the Outlaws and one member from the Mongols were struck by gunfire during a shootout at a birthday party taking place at a South Side bar, which was shut down by the Chicago PD last week, citing it as a public nuisance.

As if things aren't bad enough in Chicago, now two rival motorcycle gangs are now going after each other
Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club at war with Outlaws in Chicago

Law enforcement sources told the paper that a number of Outlaws, approximately twenty in number, walked into the bar seeking revenge.

As a result of the shooting, one Outlaws member was wounded in the left elbow. Most of the bikers who were shot were not seriously injured, however one who was shot in the chest was left in critical condition.

Police reports and court documents indicated that one Mongol member who was shot in the right arm had been likewise wounded in a 2021 shootout.

Police said bar patrons cleaned up evidence inside the bar, such as shell casings, in order to hinder law enforcement, a police source said.

Likewise, those involved in the shootout have been uncooperative with police nor were any guns located inside the bar, the source continued.

While the Outlaws have long been a presence in Chicago, the Mongols only arrived over the past few years, coming to the Midwest from California.

Their presence has stirred anger with the Outlaws, who believe Chicago is their territory. Tensions between the two gangs has led to alleged acts of provocation and occasional violence, police said.

According to David Santillian, former president of the Mongols who was kicked out of the group last year said he was involved in the decision to relocate the gang to Chicago, however said there was no intention to provoke the Outlaws by doing so.

“We don’t fish out of the same pond,” Santillian told the Sun-Times, noting the gang typically targets young Latinos into the group.

“We’re looking at a different demographic.”

“If you’re our friends, and we coexist in other areas, why can’t we coexist in Chicago?” Santillian asked rhetorically.

Santillian defined the dispute between the two gangs as a matter of a “whose dick is bigger contest.”

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“They feel like they have to defend their real estate,” Santillian continued, explaining that while the shootouts between the gangs have been “unfortunate,” things could have been much worse.

“A bunch of guys could have ended up dead,” he said.

Unfortunately, Santillian predicted more conflict between the two gangs, noting that the Outlaws will want to “look strong” in defending their Windy City territory.

“There’s a lot of bad blood brewing,” he added.

Violence involving the Mongols is not, however limited to Chicago. This past summer, a member of the gang was indicted for an execution-style slaying of a suspected snitch from another gang, Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, the New York Post reported.

The sheriff said that Dominick Paternoster, 46, was gunned down by members of the Mongols in April because they believed he was cooperating with law enforcement. He was a member of the Raiders motorcycle club, a so-called “feeder” club to the Mongols. The two gangs shared a clubhouse in Tampa.

One of the alleged killers, Mongol member Paul Pogilevsky was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing.

Gualtieri said the Mongols have a “strong” presence in the Tampa Bay area and are involved with criminal activity ranging from prostitution to gun and drug dealing.

“These people are not the people you see out on Sunday on a motorcycle ride,” Gualtieri said in a press conference. “These are really these gangs of thugs that terrorize.”

Gualtieri said the group is akin to an “organized crime” syndicate with a national reach.

“This isn’t something you see in the movies or just happening in California and other places—it is alive and well here,” the sheriff continued.

Paternoster was shot several times, including in the head,” Gualtieri said.

“They’re sending a message when they do that,” he continued.


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