Rival motorcycle gangs turned a local restaurant into a shooting
gallery Sunday afternoon and when the gunfire was over, nine people were
dead and 18 were injured.
Waco police Sunday afternoon, assisted by
Department of Public Safety troopers, police officers from several
cities and deputies from the McLennan County Sheriff's Office were
surrounding the Twin Peaks Restaurant, in the Central Texas Market Place
after several people were reported shot during a rival motorcycle gang
Police initially said three gangs were involved, but later said factions from at least five gangs took part in the melee.
Police and troopers were in the parking lot
trying to secure the area and protect citizens when a fight broke out
inside the restaurant and spilled into the parking lot.
Swanton said the fight quickly escalated from fists and feet to chains, clubs and knives, then to gunfire. Gang members were shooting at each other and officers at the scene fired their weapons, as well.
Swanton said officers recovered more than 100
weapons from the scene and there were several vehicles that had bullet
holes in them.
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