FRESNO – The president of a local motorcycle club and his son were booked into the Fresno County Jail, thanks to evidence found against them during an investigation into a fatal shooting at their clubhouse. Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club President Michael Taylor, 52, and Joshua Taylor, 30, both of Fresno, were arrested following a search of Michael Taylor’s home in southwest Fresno.
The search was part of the Fresno County Sheriff Department’s investigation into an early morning gunfight that erupted at a party on Oct. 5, 2013 at the Soul Brothers clubhouse in Calwa. The gun battle left 12 people wounded and 18-year-old Dejuan Gladney dead.
The search of Michael Taylor’s home resulted in the confiscation of five assault rifles, three handguns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and several high capacity magazines, according to the sheriff’s department. 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 drug charges. However, the person responsible for Gladney’s death has yet to be identified.
“We’re still looking at who the suspects may be, either from this area or outside this area,” Sheriff Margaret Mims said.
Shortly after the shooting incident last year, the Soul Brothers Club was evicted from its Calwa building. Mims is discouraging them from establishing another club at all in Fresno County, noting that they are “known for their violence.”
“They know that 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,” Mims said.
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