A war between three rival biker gangs erupted in Texas Sunday in the parking lot of a restaurant, leaving nine people dead and emergency services rushing eighteen others to the hospital with serious injuries.
According to police, no bystanders were injured, but the incident itself wasn’t a surprise, KWTX-TV News reports.
Police in Waco had their eyes on the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill for some time because of gang activity, and so as soon as violence broke out at 12:15 p.m., police were already at the scene and fired several shots which hit gang members.
At a briefing shortly after the shooting, Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton had a difficult time not lashing out at restaurant management, since as far as Swanton is concerned, management not only knew about the biker gangs but welcomed their business with open arms. Despite the best efforts of police to obtain cooperation from the restaurant in cracking down on illegal activities, “They have been of no assistance,” Swanton added.
“Management knew that there were issues, and we were here, but they continued to let those groups of people into their business,” Swanton told the Waco Tribune.
Police are actively making arrests of biker gang members because of the possibility of retaliation and have closed down Central Texas Marketplace, a busy area along Interstate 35, while conducting a full investigation. The parking lot is still full of bodies strewn around the area.
It is still unknown precisely what set off the violence.