Golden Dragon massacre
|Golden Dragon massacre|
|Location||San Francisco (California, United States)|
|Date||Sunday 4 September 1977
|Attack type||mass murder, massacre|
|Perpetrators||Members of the Joe Boys|
At 2:40 AM a longstanding feud between two rival Chinatown gangs, the Joe Boys and Wah Ching came to head when a failed assassination attempt by the Joe Boys at the Golden Dragon led to the deaths of five people, including two tourists, and injury to 11 people, none of whom were gang members. The assassination attempt was retaliation for the death of Joe Boy Felix Huey, who was killed in a shootout with Wah Ching members at the Ping Yuen housing projects earlier that year.
Five men from the Joe Boys were arrested and convicted for the crime, with three of them still serving prison sentences as of 2013. An ex-Joe Boys member, Bill Lee, wrote about the incident and his life as Joe Boys gangster in his book, Chinese Playground: A Memoir.
The Golden Dragon continued operation after the massacre, but was closed in January 2006 after a failed health inspection and replaced by the Imperial Palace Restaurant. The company owed a year's worth of paychecks to its employees.
- List of massacres in the United States
- Wah Mee massacre, a similar mass shooting in Seattle
- 101 California Street shooting, another mass murder that took place less than a mile away from the Golden Dragon