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Biker Gang Shootout In Waco Leaves 9 Dead

Police say nine people are dead after a shootout between rival biker gangs outside of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.
Posted at 6:48 PM, May 17, 2015

Nine people are dead and several injured after a shootout between rival biker gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Police told KWTX rival gangs started arguing shortly after noon Sunday at a Twin Peaks restaurant. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says the incident quickly turned violent, escalating from "fists and feet to chains, clubs and knives, then to gunfire."

"Those biker rival gangs were firing weapons at each individual. Our officers moved in. At that point, we treated as an active shooter scene. ... Our officers moved in. Our officers did fire," Swanton said.

Since the shooting, the Waco Police Department has arrested 192 people supposedly involved in the melee on organized crime charges. The Twin Peaks restaurant where the incident took place has also been closed for a week by the local Alcoholic Beverage Commission. (Video via KDFW)

In a statement on Facebook, an operating partner for the Twin Peaks Waco franchise claims the restaurant has had "ongoing and positive communications with the police," but Sgt. Swanton says that is not the case and that Twin Peaks management wanted the biker gangs at their restaurant. 

"We have attempted to work with the management of Twin Peaks to get that cut back to no avail," he said.

The Waco Police Department says there were "multiple injuries" but all of the wounded were gang members. Police say no officers were injured during the incident.

District Attorney Abel Reyna told the station conflict between the gangs had been "brewing" for a while; another altercation occurred weeks ago in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

This video includes images from HuecoBear / CC BY SA 3.0.