9 dead, 18 injured in Waco biker gang shooting

The Associated Press reported today on the recent shooting in Waco, Texas:

WACO, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement remained on alert in Waco, Texas, early Monday after a deadly shootout between rival biker gangs shook up the community, and attempts at intimidation ensured officers will stay on the streets, police said.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said 192 people have been arrested on charges of engaging in organized crime following the Sunday afternoon brawl at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine bikers dead and at least 18 more wounded.

“Our citizens are safe. I will tell you that we have had threats against law enforcement officers throughout the night from various biker groups. We are very aware that some of them have come into our city and we have a contingency plan to deal with those individuals if they try to cause trouble here,” Swanton said at a news conference early Monday.

The violence erupted shortly after noon in the restaurant at a busy shopping center along Interstate 35 where members of at least five rival gangs had gathered for a meeting, Swanton said late Sunday. Preliminary findings indicate a dispute broke out in a bathroom, escalated to include knives and firearms, and eventually spilled into the restaurant parking lot.

“I was amazed that we didn’t have innocent civilians killed or injured,” Swanton said.

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