The president of the Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club in Fresno and his son have been arrested, the result of an investigation into a fatal shooting Oct. 5 at their Calwa clubhouse.
But the person responsible for killing 18-year-old Dejuan Gladney hasn't been identified, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Thursday afternoon during a news conference to announce the arrests of club President Michael Taylor, 52, and Joshua Taylor, 30, both of Fresno.
Michael Taylor was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, short barrel rifles and ammunition, and Joshua Taylor was arrested for felony probation violations and on suspicion of possessing marijuana, Mims said.
Their arrests followed a search Tuesday of Michael Taylor's home in southwest Fresno. Deputies said Joshua Taylor remained in Fresno County Jail as of Thursday afternoon, but Michael Taylor had been released.
Their arrests stem from an investigation of the Oct. 5 party at the Soul Brothers clubhouse in Calwa, where an early morning gunfight left at least 12 people wounded and Gladney dead. The investigation of his killing is ongoing, Mims said.
The Soul Brothers club was evicted from its Calwa home shortly after the Oct. 5 incident, Mims said, and legal steps are underway in hopes of validating the club as a motorcycle gang.
"So far, another club has not been established," Mims said. "Of course, we are discouraging them from establishing a club at all in Fresno County. So, we'll see if they do spring up again, but they know we are watching them, they know that we are onto their illegal activities and they know that we have no tolerance for the violence they commit."
Deputies said the Soul Brothers has been in Fresno since 1980 and has held motorcycle runs for many years that often result in eruptions of violence. The club was established in 1967 in East Palo Alto.
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