Hells Angels president arrested after shooting

Hells Angels president arrested after shooting

PROVIDENCE – Joseph Lancia, a Greenville resident and president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was arrested following a raid at the group's Providence clubhouse Wednesday after allegedly shooting a gun at a passing vehicle.

State Police announced that three people were arrested as a result of an investigation into a shooting outside the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Providence. Three weapons and a quantity of ammunition were also seized.

Lancia, age 28, of 40 Fanning Lane, Smithfield, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon , discharging a firearm when committing a crime of violence, not having a license to carry, and firing in a compact area.

Howard Pollitt, 45, of Fall River, and Amber Gill, 25, of Providence, were charged with obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest.

The arrests stemmed from an investigation by members of the Rhode Island State Police Intelligence Unit into a felony assault with a firearm that allegedly occurred at approximately 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, outside the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, located at 161-163 Messer St. in Providence.

The victim told detectives that someone had fired a single gunshot at his vehicle as he drove past the club’s headquarters. The bullet struck the passenger side of the vehicle. No one was injured.

As a result of their investigation, police responded to the club on Messer Street at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday and arrested Lancia without incident.

Members of the Intelligence Unit subsequently obtained a search warrant for that location and executed that warrant at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday with assistance from members of the Rhode Island State Police Tactical Unit, K-9 Unit and Computer Crimes Unit. Police used a Lenco BearCat vehicle to ramp their way into the facility.

According to WPRI's Tim White, prosecutors said Thursday that there is video of Lancia shooting the gun.

As a result of executing the warrant, police seized three guns and assorted ammunition.

All three suspects were arraigned in Sixth Division District Court in Providence Thursday.