Murder and mayhem in Texas: biker gangs clash, leaving 9 dead
Nine bikers have been killed and 18 hospitalized in a shoot-out between rival gangs at a recruitment event in a suburban Texas restaurant.
What started as a physical fight in the bathroom spilled out into the bar and rapidly escalated to involve chains, clubs, knives and gunfire across Twin Peaks Bar and Grill in a quiet strip of Waco on Sunday afternoon.
Employees and diners, including young children, scrambled and many took shelter in the freezer as hundreds of gang members ran rampage around the booths, according to KXXV.
The fight spilled into the parking lot where a SWAT team shot dead at least one biker and surrounded the rest. When the shooting ended bodies were scattered across the tarmac and cars were riddled with bullet holes.
Though the groups were being held by deputies at gunpoint, police were still warning hours later that armed individuals connected to five gangs were flocking from all over the state to continue confrontation, leading local restaurants to close early.
Multiple police sources told the Waco Tribune it was a fight between the Cossacks and the Bandidos. Based on their leathers, it appears the Scimitars, Los Pirados, the Veterans, and the Leathernecks were also involved.
The Bandidos Motorcycle Club was labeled a ‘growing criminal threat’ by the FBI. The group was named in an FBI report as one of the country’s four most dangerous outlaw gangs by the FBI – alongside the Pagans, Hells Angels, and Outlaws.
In the U.S., members have been convicted of smuggling drugs across the Mexican border – an area they are said to specialize in. According to the FBI, Bandidos are major players in the marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine markets.
The Cossacks Motorcycle Club is based 200 miles away in Callahan County, Texas. It was formed in 1969, with the motto ‘we take care of our own’. The club is much smaller than the Bandidos but has a history of conflict with its larger rival. In 2013, Bandidos head Jack Lewis was charged with stabbing two Cossacks outside a restaurant in Abilene, near Callahan County.
More than 100 weapons have been confiscated, and three armed individuals that arrived later were arrested.
Twin Peaks is a national sports bar and so-called ‘breastaurant’ chain, akin to a Hooters. The Waco location opened last year in the quiet commercial strip and neighbors Don Carlos, a family eatery.
Dubbed ‘the ultimate man cave’, Twin Peaks has 55 flat-screen TVs and 24 beers on tap. Waitresses wear revealing red plaid shirts or bikini tops and khaki shorts. The slogan is, ‘Eats. Drinks. Scenic Views’.
The highlights of this article have been taken from this report.
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