PROVIDENCE — Three people were arrested after a shooting outside the Hells Angels Clubhouse on Messer Street in Providence, the state police announced Thursday afternoon.
Joseph M. Lancia, 28, of 40 Fanning Lane, Greenville, who has been identified as the president of the Rhode Island Hells Angels chapter, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon - firearm; discharging a firearm when committing a crime of violence; license or permit required for carrying a pistol; and firing in a compact area.
Howard J. Pollitt, 45, of 702 King Philip St., Fall River, is charged with obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. Amber E. Gill, 25, of 8 Andem St., Providence, faces the same two charges.
The arrests came after the state police received information about a felony assault with a firearm that occurred Wednesday morning in the area of the clubhouse at 161-163 Messer St., according to a news release from the state police. The victim told the police that someone fired a single gunshot at his vehicle as he drove past the clubhouse. The bullet struck the car, but no one was injured.
Lancia was arrested at the club at about 1:40 Wednesday afternoon.
The state police later executed a search warrant at the club, and used a truck with a battering ram to crash through its steel door. They then arrested Pollitt and Gill.
All three suspects appeared Thursday in District Court, Providence. Pollitt and Gill pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and were released on personal recognizance.
Lancia pleaded not guilty to a single misdemeanor charge and entered no plea to the other charges, which are felonies.
Bail was set for $100,000 with surety for Lancia, whom a prosecutor described as a danger to the community. Lancia's lawyer said he would post bail later Thursday.
A few minutes later, a man wearing a Hells Angels shirt walked into the room where bail is posted with a wad of cash in his hand.