A Texas Biker Brawl Left 9 Dead

kim kardashian

The Central Texas Marketplace in Waco, Texas was the site of a violent brawl between several biker gangs. Conflict was brewing outside of the Twin Peaks Restaurant, as hundreds of bikers swarmed in at the shopping plaza.

Ultimately, the confrontation escalated from involving hands to knives, chains and then firearms, leaving eight bikers dead at the scene and another died at a hospital. Over a dozen members of the bike gangs were transported to local hospitals to attend to gunshot and stab wounds.

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Sgt. Patrick Swanton said of the shootout:

“In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the worst crime scene – the most violent crime scene – that I have ever been involved in. There are dead people still there. There is blood everywhere.”

Apparently, trouble started over a parking space, but then again, any pretext for confrontation should have been expected from biker clubs that are dangerous and hostile toward one another. Fortunately, local and state law enforcements had already anticipated problems between the gangs. They had been keeping a close eye on the motorcycle clubs for about a month, and had sufficient reason to position officers in the area.

Sgt. Swanton explained that

“there were at least three rival gang groups here this morning for whatever reason. As they were here, we had officers on the scene. We expected issues.”

As a result, authorities were able to prevent any collateral damage and no bystanders or officers were hurt. After the chaos had settled, police continued to make arrests and issue warnings about the hostility of the marketplace. While early investigations have been able to identify the gangs, this information is not disclosed to the public.

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Sunday’s event marked one of the most violent outbreaks in the central city of Texas since the Waco siege on the compound belonging to a religious group known as the Branch Davidians. The siege happened 22 years ago that resulted in the deaths of 86 people.

Sgt. Swanton also expressed frustration with the ownership of the Twin Peaks Restaurant, which was reluctant to work with police and address security concerns.

The establishment was known to host the gangs in the past, and management wanted them at their restaurant. Twin Peaks even promoted “Bike Night” on Thursdays. Swanton believes that the entire situation could have been avoided if the restaurant had cooperated with authorities.

 

 

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

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