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Witness: When Bandidos stormed the bar, ‘the shooting started’

A spiderweb tattoo covers much of the face of Howard Wayne Baker, leader of the Fort Worth Bandido motorcycle gang. Baker is on trial for calling the shots in the slaying a rival gang member.
A spiderweb tattoo covers much of the face of Howard Wayne Baker, leader of the Fort Worth Bandido motorcycle gang. Baker is on trial for calling the shots in the slaying a rival gang member. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

What started as an ordinary, quiet night at the Gator’s Jam Inn changed the minute members of the Bandidos motorcycle club stormed the bar, a witness testified Tuesday.

“Then the shooting started,” said Ellen Dockery, a bartender at Gator’s.

She was looking in the mirror facing the cash register when more than 20 people — identified as Bandidos by the color of their patches — started pouring in from the front and rear doors.

“Scotty [Dockery’s supervisor] started screaming at me to get down,” Dockery said. “And then he called 911.”

Other 911 callers shared similar desperate pleas.

One man told the 911 call talker that they needed to send ambulances — quickly.

“There’s been 15 shots so far and they’re still shooting,” another 911 call recorded.

Dockery was among those who testified Tuesday during the trial of Howard Wayne Baker, the 62-year-old president of the Fort Worth chapter of the Bandidos, a notorious motorcycle club. Prosecutors contend that Baker gave the orders to shoot Geoffrey Brady, 41, a man suspected of being a member of a rival motorcycle gang, on Dec. 12, 2014, during an ambush at Gator’s, a Riverside-area bar that has since closed.

Baker is accused of engaging in organized crime and directing the activities of a street gang.

Baker, who is also suspected of shooting Brady, was booked into jail on Dec. 14 and released that same day after posting a $100,000 bond, according to court records.

Micah Baker, not related to Howard Wayne Baker, had just come by Gator’s to drink with some friends. Once the gunfire started, she ducked.

As the fight pushed its way outside, she said she found Brady on the ground — blood pouring from his face.

“I found a pulse but I’m scared to flip him over,” she said.

Justin Blakely, who was playing the fiddle at Gator’s before the shooting, said he was walking out of the bar as four men were walking in.

“I knew what was going to happen,” Blakely testified. “Soon as I stepped out I heard two gunshots.”

Blakely said he then heard multiple gunshots and saw several flashes.

“Immediately after the gunfire I saw them get on their bikes and leave,” Blakely said.

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Bandido motorcycle gang leader Howard Wayne Baker is on trial for calling the shots in the slaying a rival gang member. Joyce Marshall jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Brady, a member of the Ghost Riders motorcycle gang, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors told the jury that two other motorcycle gang members were shot, threatened and beaten during the ambush.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.

The Bandidos were described in testimony as a gang of outlaws that operates internationally, with more than 3,600 members in 210 chapters in 22 countries, according to Doug Pearson, a motorcycle gang expert with the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms, who is based in Aurora, Colo.

The shooting at Gator’s has been linked to a May 2015 shootout at a Waco restaurant that left nine people dead. Members of the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle gangs were involved in that shootout.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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