NEW YORK – The Hells Angels at their clubhouse in Manhattan's East Village aren't considered horrible neighbors — as long as you don't mess with the motorcycles parked outside.
A man from upstate New York learned that lesson the hard way earlier this week after he tried to move one of the orange traffic cones the bikers used to hold curbside parking spots. He ended up hospitalized with a gunshot wound, setting off the latest clash between police and the motorcycle club.
The secretive group has frustrated police by refusing to help identify the shooter. This week, officers swept in and removed the cones, along with an unapproved bench and planters on the sidewalk outside the club's front door.
A lawyer for the Hells Angels says they just want to be left alone.