Police bracing for violence in wake of Hells Angel shooting

In response to the murder of the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels by a motor-cycle riding gunman Tuesday night, police told residents of the Mission District neighborhood where the shooting took place that they were braced for follow-up violence.

Mark Guardado Sr., the 45-year old president of the San Francisco branch of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was slain by a motorcyclist using a handgun at the corner of Treat and 24th streets at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Mission Police Station Capt. Stephen Tacchini.

Tachini said police were “making good headway” into the case.

“A couple gentlemen were talking, a third party came up on a motorcycle and shot and killed one of the gentlemen,” Tacchini told approximately100 rattled residents at a community meeting Wednesday night. “I don't believe any of the parties involved in the killing last night were residents of this area.”

Asked by a neighbor during the meeting where the shooter was from, Tacchini replied, “I do know but I can't share it with you.”

The packed meeting was held in a now bullet-ridden building at the  intersection where the Tuesday night shooting occurred. The homicide was the fourth in the area in three weeks and community members who attended the meeting said they were scared and frustrated.

A community member said she was worried the biker gang could turn the area into a shrine for their slain leader.

Tachini said police shared her concern. “We received information that there may be more people coming here and that's why we have such a visible presence tonight.”

The Mission station employs 105 officers, according to Tacchini.

“I can assure you you're going to see a lot more police out here,” he said.

A strong police presence will accompany any ceremonial activities held by the Hells Angels in the Mission to commemorate the death of their leader, according to Tacchini.

“Last night I would like to classify as somewhat of an isolated incident – this isn't something that we ordinarily see in this part of The City,” Tacchini said.

Guardado lived at the San Francisco headquarters of the Hells Angels headquarters located on Tennessee Street, near Third and 23rd streets.

Guardado and fellow club member Jonathan Nelson, 31, were facing five counts of felony assault charges with gang enhancements after an alleged beating of a bar patron in Petaluma Feb. 10, according to Sonoma County District Attorney's office.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

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