Bennie Dansby Jr., 40, appears in Maricopa County Superior Court on Aug. 15, 2017. He faces charges including second-degree murder related to a fatal gunfight at a Phoenix fish fry in April.
A man who police call the leader of a documented motorcycle gang was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing a rival gang leader in a territory dispute at a fish fry that drew hundreds of people near Chase Field in April.
Bennie Dansby Jr., 40, is identified as president of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club Glendale chapter, according to a court record.
Dansby denied his direct association with the gang, the record says.
A witness identified the victim as the president of the Arizona chapter of the same gang, the document says. The victim was not identified in the court record.
Dansby faces charges of intentional second-degree murder and charges related to his affiliation with a documented criminal street gang, according to a Maricopa County Superior Court document.
Men reportedly argued over control of gang
Phoenix police arrived at a parking lot near Fourth and Grant streets just before midnight on April 6, where the Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club was holding a fish fry.
Officers found two men with gunshot wounds: One man later died, and the second was identified as Dansby, who was shot on his lower right leg, the document says.
Several witness interviewed by police described a violent altercation in which about 30 other gang members were involved and more than 200 people were watching, according to the court record.
Phoenix police initially estimated up to 1,000 people may have been at the fish fry.
A relative of the man whowas killedtold investigators the victim and Dansby had been arguing over control of the Chosen Few gang club, the document said.
Police get anonymous tip
Investigators also received an anonymous call from someone who claimed to be a witness to the fight. The caller said Dansby was the first to shoot at the victim's stomach, according to the court record.
After that, multiple people began firing guns and fighting, the caller told police.
Investigators later interviewed the caller and found out the individual was a member of the victim's gang and was involved in the altercation, the document said.
The person told investigators that Dansby proclaimed, "This is Glendale," during the fight, signaling his intent to claim the territory.
Dansby was arrested Tuesday at his home near 83rd Avenue and Camelback Road, the document says. After a search warrant was served at his home, Phoenix investigators found a green plastic baggie containing crack cocaine, an AR-15 rifle and two magazines of ammo, the document says.
Dansby was booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail. His bond was set at $750,000 during an initial court appearance.
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