Assassination in Bronx could be a part of club wars, officials say

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Authorities probing the assassination of Francisco Rosado believe it could be linked to the Pagans’ recent expansion efforts in New Jersey and other targeted swaths of the Northeast.

The national club is also engaged in a long and bloody war with the Hells Angels Motorycle Club.

The Angels recently relocated their New York City headquarters from Manhattan to Throggs Neck, a move that drew the ire of the local Pagans chapter, as well as other motorcycle clubs.

On Jan. 2, the Angels’ Bronx clubhouse was fired upon by multiple shooters on motorcycles, who rode away and have not been caught, authorities said.

More than a dozen bullet casings were found outside the property, a former American Legion post, following the attack, according to police.

The clubhouse sustained damage but no injuries were reported, authorities said.

Investigators at the time said they were concerned the Angels would strike back before the culprits responsible for the clubhouse shooting were arrested.

In October, New Jersey’s State Commission on Investigation held a hearing on the Pagans’ local expansion efforts, alleging the club had grown from 10 to at least 17 chapters since 2016, and aimed to become the most dominant biker club on the East Coast.

Officials at the hearing said Pagan chapters are exclusively male and exclude black people from membership, while allowing certain Latino members.

The national club, boasting nearly 1,000 members, has also forged a loose alliance with the white-supremacist group the Aryan Brotherhood, officials said.

Investigators testified the Pagans were increasingly claiming territory once controlled by the Angels.

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