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Two killed in biker gang war started over Starbucks

Security is tight for the funeral of one biker tomorrow, after a conflict that began over who had access to the coffee shop.

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AT LEAST TWO men have been killed and a number wounded in a turf war between two California biker gangs that began over who got to hang out at Starbucks.

The San Jose Hells Angels has clashed with the rival Vagos gang in a series of violent incidents in the state. In the latest, senior Hells Angel Steven Tausan, 52, was shot and killed by a fellow member in an apparent quarrel, the Telegraph reports.

That shooting occurred at the funeral of the chapter’s captain Jeffrey Pettigrew, 51, who was killed at a casino last month.  Security is tight for Tausan’s funeral tomorrow, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The row began in January 2010 when Hells Angels and Vagos members fought with hammers outside a Starbucks in Santa Cruz. Local deputy police chief Steve Clark told Reuters: “It was all about who would be allowed to hang out at the Starbucks downtown,” adding that the Vagos had made an attempt to gain control of the area.

“Only in Santa Cruz would you have biker wars over who’s going to control pumpkin spice lattes,” Clark added.

The conflict escalated in August last year, when the two gangs exchanged gunfire near a house in Prescott, Arizona, where CBS reports the Hells Angels were having a party. At least five people were wounded and 27 arrested after the incident.

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