Waco biker gunfight: 9 killed, 18 hospitalized, 170 face charges

Waco biker gunfight: 9 killed, 18 hospitalized, 170 face charges

After a bike-gang shootout in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead and 18 others injured, 170 people will face organized crime charges.

After a bike-gang shootout in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead and 18 others injured, 170 people will face organized crime charges.

The conflict, which was described as ‘a war zone’, started as a fight between several gangs and soon flowed into a battle with knives, chains and guns as well. That incident happened at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in a shopping area called the Central Texas Market Place shortly after midday on Sunday. The police described it as the the worst gunfight they have ever witnessed in the city.

Numerous findings indicated that a dispute had broken out in a bathroom and then spilled over into the restaurant and a parking space nearby. About five rival gangs were involved into a shootout, which started in a twenty-five feet away from families with children, said Waco police sergeant Patrick Swanton. Visitors and cafe’s staff managed to lock themselves in a freezer room for safety and were later escorted off the structure by armed police forces.

A biker sits next to what appears to be a covered body

A biker sits next to what appears to be a covered body

Police stated that they were concerned with the bikers’ presence at Twin Peaks, which hosted special events for its leather-clad clientele, and wanted their presence to be known. So the gang’s members knew that police officers were seconds away, but despite that fact they caused gunfight and when police immediately responded because of their proximity, bikers even turned their weapons on law enforcement.

People stand as officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Waco, Texas. Authorities say that the shootout victims were members of rival biker gangs that had gathered for a meeting. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

People stand as officers investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant

Eight bodies were found on the scene, three in the parking lot behind Twin Peaks, four near the front of the restaurant and one that had been dragged behind a nearby establishment. The ninth victim died at a hospital, where doctors treated patients for gunshots, stab wounds, blunt-force trauma or some combination of the three.

To prevent further outbreaks of violence, the security in the area was increased and the Waco restaurant’s management said that Twin Peaks is to close.

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