President of San Diego chapter of Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club slain
The president of the San Diego chapter of the Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club apparently was gunned down Friday night while working on a motorcycle outside the chapter clubhouse.
The club president, known as Wild Dogg, "will be greatly greatly missed,'' according to a statement on the club's website from the club's national president, known as Black Dragon. "We don't know much except that he is gone," said the statement.
San Diego police said a 51-year-old man and a friend were repairing a motorcycle at the club's San Diego clubhouse, near Mt. Hope cemetery, when a young man drove by in a sport-utility vehicle and opened fire.
The 51-year-old was wounded; he was pronounced dead at a trauma center 30 minutes later. Police and the county medical examiner did not release the victim's name.
Police have not discovered a motive for the shooting, said police Lt. Ernie Herbert. The shooter is described as a young black male wearing a black hooded jacket and black shirt.
The Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club was formed in 1972 by seven African American men who liked to ride motorcycles on Sundays. The club, according to its website, is now a multicultural group that has “grown into a brotherhood/sisterhood of men and women from all walks of life” and has chapters across the nation, including San Bernardino and Las Vegas. San Diego is considered the "mother chapter."
[Updated on Saturday May 12 at 8:29 p.m., the medical examiner identified the victim as Clyde Major Thompson Jr.]
-- Tony Perry in San Diego