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Published On: Mon, May 18th, 2015

Texas biker gang shootout leaves 9 dead, 18 injured

Police in Waco, Texas said on Monday that 192 people were being arrested in connection with the Sunday firefight. The feud between rival biker gangs erupted at a sports bar and a deadly gun battle took place in the parking lot.

Police charged 170 members of the Bandidos, Scimitars and Cossacks gangs with murder related charges and engaging in organized crime linked to capital murder, said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, a Waco Police Department spokesman.

It will be up to prosecutors and a grand jury to decide what charges they will ultimately face, but capital murder charges can carry the death penalty.

“There were at least three rival gang groups here this morning for whatever reason. As they were here, we had officers on scene. We expected issues,” said Swanton. He later said there were at least five gangs.

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“In my nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience,” he said, “this is the most violent and gruesome scene that I have dealt with.”

Bikers shot at each other and at officers, who returned fire.

Swanton expressed anger at Twin Peaks, which he claims had been less than helpful in dealing with gangs in the past. He declined to identify the specific groups involved in Sunday’s shooting.

“Are we frustrated? Sure. Because we feel like there may have been more that could have been done by a business to prevent this,” he said.

Corporate management at Twin Peaks released a statement saying it was reviewing the circumstances of the shooting. The Waco restaurant is franchised.

“We are thankful no employees, guests or police were injured in this senseless violence outside the restaurant, and our sympathies are with the families of those killed,” the statement said.

To escape the fight, some restaurant customers and employees took cover in the freezer, according to CNN affiliate KWTX.

No officers were hurt, Swanton said, praising their response.

“Their action has saved lives in keeping this from spilling into a very busy Sunday morning,” the spokesman said. “Thank goodness the officers were here, and took the action that they needed to take to save numerous lives.”

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