Tuesday 27 September 2016

Nine killed in shootout between biker gangs

Alan Martin

Published 18/05/2015 | 02:30

Nine people were killed and several others wounded after a shootout erupted among rival biker gangs at a Texas restaurant.

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The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy Waco marketplace along an interstate highway that draws a large lunchtime crowd. Waco police Sgt Patrick Swanton said eight people died at the scene of the shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant and another person at a hospital.

A McLennan County deputy stands guard near a group of bikers in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant, Waco, Texas
A McLennan County deputy stands guard near a group of bikers in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant, Waco, Texas

At least 16 others were wounded, though it was not clear if bystanders were among them,

"There are still bodies on the scene of the parking lot at Twin Peaks," said Sgt Swanton. "There are bodies that are scattered throughout the parking lot of the next adjoining business."

A photo from the scene showed dozens of motorcycles parked in a lot. Among the bikes, at least three people wearing what looked like biker jackets were on the ground, two on their backs and one face down. Police were standing a few feet away in a group. Several other people also wearing biker jackets were standing or sitting nearby.

Sgt Swanton said police were aware in advance that at least three rival gangs would be gathering at the restaurant and at least 12 Waco officers in addition to state troopers were at the restaurant when the fight began.

When the shooting started in the restaurant and then continued outside, armed bikers were shot by officers, Swanton said, explaining that the actions of law enforcement prevented further deaths.

It's not known what triggered the violence.

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