WACO — Nine motorcycle gang members were killed and at least 18 others were injured after a shooting at Twin Peaks on Sunday. Police say between 170 bikers were booked into the McLennan County Jail to be charged with Engaging in Organized Crime. That number has decreased from 192, originally reported by police.
Sgt. Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department confirmed the conflict began just after 12 p.m. with an argument in the bathroom of the restaurant, allegedly over a parking spot, which then escalated and moved into the parking lot. Police say multiple weapons were involved in the conflict, including brass knuckles, chains, knives, bats, clubs and firearms. About 100 were recovered at the crime scene.
Eight people were killed on scene and one died later at the hospital. At least 18 people were sent to local hospitals with gunshot and stab wounds. Two of those people were transported to other hospitals due to the severity of their injuries. All nine fatalities were confirmed to be bikers. No police officers or innocent bystanders were injured, but one officer was transported from the scene for heat exhaustion.
“It is a pretty gruesome scene,” Swanton said.
He also stated that police officers had received threats after the incident. Just before 10 a.m. Monday he said the Waco Police Department has “credible intelligence” that bike gang leaders have given members “green lights” on law enforcement.
During a briefing Monday morning, Swanton said investigators were still collecting evidence. Hundreds of cars and motorcycles are still in the parking lot, many of them covered in bullet holes. All bodies have been recovered from the crime scene.
“In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the worst crime scene, the most violent crime scene that I have ever been involved in,” Swanton said.