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Fresno Police ID Man Shot to Death at Soul Brothers MC Clubhouse

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Darnell Johnson, 31, of Fresno died early Saturday morning after gunfire broke out at the Soul Brothers MC Clubhouse. (Fresno PD)
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A man who died in a shootout at the Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club clubhouse west of Highway 99 has been identified by Fresno police.

Darnell Johnson, 31, of Fresno died early Saturday morning at Community Regional Medical Center, police said.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting victim at the clubhouse, which is at 2019 W. McKinley Avenue, and found a 41-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.

However, they soon learned that Johnson and a 43-year-old man were already at CRMC. Both of the surviving victims were listed in critical condition.

Argument Preceded Gunfire

In a news release on Monday morning, Fresno PD stated that “it is still early in the investigation, however, based upon witness statements, an argument broke out during a large gathering of club members and several members fired weapons.”

The statement went on to say: “This case involves a large amount of witnesses, most of whom live out of the city. Witnesses continue to be interviewed to determine what exactly took place.
Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Fresno Police Department.”

Soul Brothers Say They Weren’t Involved in Shootings

The Fresno chapter of the Soul Brothers MC said on its Facebook page, “Let it be known that the Soul Brothers M.C. was not involved in the events that transpired in the early morning on 10/1/2022. We did not instigate, nor encourage, and do not condone the actions that took place tonight. We send our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.”

There have been multiple incidents of gun violence resulting in deaths or injuries involving Fresno gatherings hosted by the Soul Brothers since 2013.

The club was founded in 1967 in East Palo Alto. It has chapters in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Florida, and Washington state, according to the website onepercenterbikers.com.

Have Info? Here Are Your Contacts

Anyone with information about the shootings can remain anonymous by contacting Valley Crime Stoppers at (498) STOP (7867) or this link.

You may also contact homicide detective Mark Yee at (559) 621-2407 or detective Chris Franks at (559) 621-2427.

 

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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