‘Well established with international reach’: ABC 6 speaks with analyst after rival motorcycle gang shootings

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Saturday night’s shooting between The Pagans Motorcycle Club and Hells Angels marks the second incident between the two groups in as many months.

The two gangs were involved in a street brawl melee in Fall River back in May.

Law enforcement analyst Todd McGhee calls the two month gap between the gang violence, a “cooling period.”

A period of time where the retaliating group lays law enforcement before they plot their revenge.

“They know law enforcement is watching. If there is understanding where they may mobilize they don’t want law enforcement stopping them so the two month window is expected,” McGhee said.

A window McGhee expects following Saturday’s shooting.

The Pagans Pawtucket clubhouse is less than 20 minutes from the Hells Angels Rhode Island location in Providence.

ABC 6 News asked McGhee is the general public should be worried about their safety.

“I don’t see anything spilling over into the community,” McGhee said.

“When you talk about international organizations like the Hells Angels and Pagans, they’re sophisticated and they know what they’re doing. As far as impacting local residents I don’t see any of that happening,” he added.

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