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Hells Angels members arrested in shooting near Citrus Heights border

Four men were arrested on Oct. 24 in connection with a July 8 shooting near Citrus Heights: Dominic Venezia, top left, Velentino Venezia, top right, William Kibblewhite, bottom left, and Ederic Llarena, bottom right. // Image credit: SSD

By Mike Hazlip—
Authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of four men in connection with a July 8 shooting near Madison and San Juan avenues.

In an Oct. 26 press release, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Spokesman Amar Gandhi said four San Francisco Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members were arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Authorities arrested Valentino Venezia, Dominic Venezia, Ederic Llarena, and William Kibblewhite during the operation.

The search yielded 15 firearms, about $112,000 in cash, and Hells Angels gang indicia and intelligence documents, Gandhi said.

Multiple agencies served warrants including FBI San Francisco SWAT, FBI Sacramento SWAT, Central County SWAT, Daly City SWAT, FBI Safe-Streets, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the release said.

The Sentinel previously reported that authorities believed the July shooting was targeted. Gandhi told The Sentinel at the time that the 36-year-old male who was shot was a confirmed member of the Vagos motorcycle gang and had likely been shot by a rival gang. The shooting occurred at Madison Avenue and Lincoln Oaks Drive just before 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

“It’s happening here in a very quiet neighborhood,” Gandhi told The Sentinel during an interview at the scene of the crime, noting he was taking his family out for a pancake breakfast when the call came in about the shooting. “These guys are out here rolling around with guns and don’t care about anything behind them. We’re in a neighborhood filled with families, kids — I mean, this is a Saturday morning.”

Gandhi called out state legislators for trying to repeal gang laws, saying the violence is a problem in many neighborhoods, including Citrus Heights.

“Now your California legislature is repealing any and all gang laws, and they want to attribute this to a race thing,” Gandhi said. “It’s not a Black gang problem, it is not a Hispanic gang problem, or a White gang problem. This is a gang problem that’s happening here in Sacramento, here in Citrus Heights, here in California.”

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