Michigan biker gang member identified as slain man sitting in van with wife

A man who died Thursday in a shooting in Eastpointe, Michigan, has been identified as Anthony “Al” Janos, 65, of Saginaw. Detroit’s Fox 2 reports that Janos had been a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, which has its roots in biker culture from the 1930s. He’d been shot while sitting in his van with his wife, Katerina.

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. on Redwood Drive, a short distance from the Logan neighborhood where the two families live. The rear driver’s side window on the van was shattered. Family members told the Fox 2 reporter who spoke to the Janos’s son that they heard gunshots, but when they opened the van they found Janos dead. He had been shot three times.

Janos was a mechanical engineer with a Milwaukee-based engineering company called Hi-Tech Group. In 2006, he was awarded the “Top Veteran Engineer Award” by Gov. Jennifer Granholm for his efforts to assist the V.A. Medical Center in Saginaw. At the time, he’d also been awarded “Heroism for Jobs” for helping a fellow designer who suffered a severe heart attack. Janos had been playing acoustic guitar and with his oldest daughter-in-law singing, and was known for going outside to play in the afternoons and watch his grandchildren, reported MLive.

Neighbors said they heard about 30 shots fired. “This is a good neighborhood,” said one resident who hadn’t heard gunfire himself. “People don’t get into trouble, everybody gets along.”

Read the full story at Detroit News.


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