Nine people were killed and eighteen were injured on Sunday, the 17th of May 2015 during a fight among members belonging to various rival biker gang outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco County, Texas.
According to the authorities, there were members from at least three gang members and their dispute was likely to have started over a parking lot, at about 12:15 p.m.. At first there was just fist fighting involved but after that they pulled out clubs, chains, knives and eventually guns. Luckily, members of the police department were in the area and kept civilians safe. Because Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill is located at a shopping mall in the centre of Texas city, the area was packed with shoppers who could have been hurt during the gang fight. However, the police had been informed beforehand that various members of very dangerous biker gang bangs would gather at the restaurant because apparently it had promised “Bike Night” with “beers, bites and bikes” in a place where waitresses are scarcely dressed.
The shooting started in the restaurant and moved outside, where the police took action and shot some of the bikers. According to Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, eight died on the spot and one died at the hospital. Other eighteen were injured and needed medical care. It is yet uncertain whether there are any civilians among the people who have been hurt or killed, but the police assumes they are all gang members. There have not been any reports regarding the identities of the victims or the severity of the injuries the people suffered. Nevertheless, the actions the police officers took prevented the fight scene from turning into a huge bloody war with many more victims. Bodies were still scattered in the area when the first photos were taken. Dozens of motorbikes were also shown parked outside the restaurant.
People were warned to steer clear of the area even after the shooting ceased because the police were still arresting people who came to the site and had weapons on them. “This is not the time to sight see as we are dealing with very dangerous individuals,” read a Facebook message issued by the Waco police.
According to representatives of the police departments, this was the worst crime scene they had ever seen: “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,” Sgt. Swanton said in a press conference.
F.B.I. officers are also involved in the investigation, assisting the officials of law enforcement in the county.
The names of the groups of bikers involved have not yet been released but some of the bikers who were arrested wore jackets that had the names of three motorbikes clubs: Scimitars, Bandidos (which were classified as a Tier-2 threat) and Cossacks. Sgt. Swanton referred to the bikers as dangerous and hostile, saying that they “are criminals on Harley-Davidsons.”
According to Sergeant Swanton, the managers at the Twin Peaks restaurant which hosted the event failed to cooperate with the police and respond to their request to not allow such dangerous gatherings in a populated area. He also mentioned that the crimes that occurred on Sunday could have been avoided if they had done so. Spokespeople of the restaurant did not immediately issue statements related to the event. However, later that day, they stated that they were thankful no member of their staff had been hurt and they thanked the police for their efforts. They also said they are taking into consideration the possibility of revoking the franchise in order to prevent such events from happening again.
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