Around noon today, a biker gang shooting occurred at Twin Peaks restaurant. According to Waco police, at least nine people have been reported as being killed; all fatalities have so far been confirmed as being members of the biker gangs with no patrons, servers, or police officers being included in the fatalities so far.
The shooting began inside of the restaurant in Central Texas Marketplace and then spilled outside into the parking lot. Eye witnesses compared the altercation to a war with officers later stating that multiple types of weapons had been used. What began as a fist fight escalated to chains and bats and then gunfire.
“There were maybe 30 guns being fired in the parking lot, maybe 100 rounds,” said a witness who had been at the restaurant during the time of the altercation. “They just opened fire.”
Recently, law enforcement has had an increased presence in McLennan County with local, county, state, and federal agencies investigating local biker gangs. According to Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, DPS and intelligence agents have been working on the investigation for a considerable amount of time.
It was reported that today’s meeting of the biker gangs was being monitored by police after officials became aware that they were frequenting the establishment. Per Swanton, restaurant management had not been cooperating with police prior to the incident. “Management knew that there were issues, and we were here, but they continued to let those groups of people into their business,” said Swanton.
Swanton stated that Twin Peaks, as well as Don Carlos next door, have been closed down with witnesses being questioned. Although the police have not yet released the names of the gangs, it has been reported that there were at least three separate rival gangs on the scene at the time of the incident. When the fight broke out, there were at least 12 Waco officers, as well as a SWAT Team and other DPS troopers nearby.
“Their action has saved lives by keeping this from spilling into a busy Sunday morning,” Swanton said in regards to the quick actions of the law enforcement who responded when the incident broke out.
At Arnold & Itkin, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this tragic incident.