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TRACY, CALIFORNIA— A party planned by a Hells Angels motorcycle club has law enforcement officials on stand-by for a second consecutive weekend.
The Hells Angels Nomads are holding their annual fall get-together on Sunday at the Mountain House Bar, which has a Tracy address but is in Alameda County. The event could double as a wake for Mark "Papa" Guardado, 45, the president of the motorcycle club's San Francisco chapter, who was shot and killed last week about a mile from the group's clubhouse.
The annual Fall Ball, which features a ride-in bike show, horseshoe tournament and live music, has already sold 500 tickets and the numbers could swell with motorcycle riders from all over the county flocking to the Bay Area for Guardado's funeral arrangements on Sunday and Monday.
It also comes days after police said a Modesto man was identified by witnesses as Guardado's killer.
Authorities say 37-year-old Christopher Ablett is a member of the rival Mongols Motorcycle Club and was the man who shot Guardado in the San Francisco's Mission District.
Investigators said Ablett and Guardado argued on the street before the shooting.
Last weekend, the Super Bike Freaks motorcycle club had an event at the Mountain House Bar that was closely watched by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol.
CHP Sgt. Trent Cross said they were monitoring the group to make sure they weren't causing any problems with traffic.
He said only one citation was issued."We just wanted to ensure they weren't doing anything reckless like popping wheelies or anything else excessive," Cross said.
Cross said there currently isn't a special detail assigned to monitor Sunday's event, "but that could change."
Tracy Police were aware of last weekend's event and, as a precaution, had their Traffic Section and Youth and Gang Services Section both on duty.
"It's coincidental they're having big events on back-to-back weekends," Tracy police Captain John Espinoza said. "We'll have the resources to protect our community, but we don't anticipate any problems."
Members of the Mongols, which have a Modesto chapter, and Hells Angels were involved in a fight at a Nevada casino in 2002 that claimed the lives of three club members and injured more than a dozen others.
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