Waco, Texas, biker gang gathering ends in bloodbath; 9 dead, 170 arrested
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce contact the reporters
About 170 people have been arrested on suspicion of engaging in organized crime after a Sunday bloodbath at a Waco, Texas, restaurant involving rival biker gang members and then a shootout with police that left nine dead and at least 18 wounded, authorities said.
The shootings are being investigated as capital murder because of the number of people killed, said Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton. No one has been charged with murder yet.
The bikers were “not here to drink beer and eat barbecue,” Swanton said. “They came with violence in mind.”
“This is Anytown, USA. This can happen in any town across the USA,” Swanton said at a midday briefing at the shopping center that turned into a bloody arena when members from five motorcycle gangs fought with knives, clubs and guns.
“Unfortunately, they chose a Sunday in Waco, Texas,” he said.
On Monday, police worked the scene, collecting evidence and diagramming the site. Every bullet casing and every blood spot will be mapped and examined.
More than 100 motorcycles and 50 to 75 other vehicles were expected to be inspected and held as evidence in the far-reaching investigation that will probably take time to sort out. Swanton and others who saw the inside of the restaurant said it is littered with shell casings and pools of blood.
Among the unanswered questions is who fired the fatal shots that killed nine. Along with the bikers, police fired shots when the melee erupted inside the Twin Peaks restaurant and spilled onto an outdoor patio and then the parking lot...more at linkhttp://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-wac ... tory.html#