Biker gangs fight on Interstate 44

5:19 AM, Aug 15, 2011   |    comments
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Mike Penprase, News-Leader

Law enforcement officers were left with few answers Saturday night after members of at least two national motorcycle gangs refused to say why they were fighting on Interstate 44 in Pulaski County.

At least two people suffered superficial gunshot wounds in the altercation, according to Missouri Highway Patrol Troop I spokesman Sgt. Don Crain.

The incident was reported on the interstate at the Missouri 7 interchange west of Buckhorn shortly after 8 p.m. At least 20 motorists used cellphones to call in reports, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

Some callers indicated there had been a traffic accident because motorcyclists were on the ground.

Other callers said there was a fight involving at least 20 people and that shots had been fired.

Callers also said the fight shut down traffic on the interstate for a time.

County deputies, Missouri Highway Patrol troopers and officers with the Waynesville and St. Robert police departments responded, but by the time they arrived the scene was clear of motorcyclists.

Officers who stopped motorcyclists heading east on the interstate were unable to get any information about what happened, according to a news release.

One person who suffered a gunshot wound refused to say what happened and declined medical treatment.

There also was a report of another gunshot victim in Laclede County.

Troopers he talked to said the motorcyclists were uncooperative, and refused to say how the fight started, Crain said.

"Any time you have a situation like this, you're going to collect what information you can," he said.

Crain said he had no specific information on which motorcycle groups were involved.

"There were a variety of them that may have been involved," he said.

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