Police say a 27-year-old man from a rival motorcycle gang was behind the May 21 fatal shooting of an Orange County Hells Angels motorcycle club member in Riverside.
Joshua Herbert, of Corona, was booked into jail Wednesday, June 21, and charged with murder in the slaying of 31-year-old James Duty of Orange and the non-injury shooting of another Hells Angels member.
The charges carry gun and firearm enhancements which could make him eligible for the death penalty if he is found guilty and if Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin decides to pursue it as a punishment, said Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Roy at a press conference Thursday.
Police still are searching for another person tied to the shooting — the driver of the car that pulled up to the Shell gas station at 3502 Adams St. in Riverside on May 21.
Herbert got out of the passenger’s seat, authorities said, and fired a revolver several times at a group of five Hells Angels members who were refueling their motorcycles. Duty was shot, and taken to a hospital where he later died; another man was shot in the head, but the bullet struck his helmet and he was not injured.
Authorities believe the shooting was the result of an ongoing, violent feud between the Hells Angels and the Mongols motorcycle club — of which Herbert was a member. Riverside police Lt. Charles Payne said there’s no indication that Herbert knew the victims personally.
Police believe he was targeting them because of their patches.
“The Hells Angels and the Mongols are both rival gangs,” Payne said. “They have a long history of animosity towards one another which includes committing crimes against each other, including murder for the purpose of territory expansion, gang advancement and retaliation.”
Though the feud spans back to the late 70’s, there has been a spike in shootings and attempted murders between the two groups over the past six to eight months, said Riverside police Detective Jim Simons. Those…