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Police seek killer of Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club leader

May 13, 2012 |  7:27 am

Police are searching for a motive and a suspect after the president of the San Diego chapter of the Black Sabbath Motorcycle Club was gunned down Friday night in a drive-by shooting.

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 medical examiner identified the victim as Clyde Major Thompson Jr., who was pronounced dead at a trauma center.

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," the statement added.

Police have not discovered a motive for the shooting, Lt. Ernie Herbert said. The shooter was described as a young black man 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 in San Bernardino and Las Vegas. San Diego is considered the "mother chapter."


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