Waco on guard after shootout at restaurant among rival biker gangs leaves 9 dead, 18 injured
WACO, Texas (AP) — Many streets were nearly deserted in Waco, apart from law enforcement officials keeping watch, as night fell following a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs at a restaurant that left nine bikers dead and raised the specter of further violence.
Authorities increased security to quell other possible attempts at criminal activity in the Central Texas town following the melee Sunday that also left 18 bikers wounded, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy shopping center along Interstate 35 after members of at least five rival gangs gathered at Twin Peaks restaurant for a meeting, Swanton said. Preliminary findings indicate a dispute broke out in a bathroom, escalated to include knives and firearms and eventually spilled into the restaurant parking lot, according to police.
"I was amazed that we didn't have innocent civilians killed or injured," Swanton said.
The interior of the restaurant was littered with bullet casings, knives, a club, bodies and pools of blood, he said.
Authorities were expected to work throughout the night to process the evidence at the scene about an hour and a half south of Dallas. About 150-200 bikers were inside during the shootout, and at least 100 were detained, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear how many were arrested.
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Posted on Tue, May 19, 2015
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