Waco, Texas. A small Central Texan city that’s seen its fair share of tragedy in its time. Back in 1993, the 51 day siege at the HQ of the David Koresh-led cult the Branch Davidians saw the deaths of 76 people. And now blood runs down the street of Waco once again. This time after a huge gun battle between rival biker gangs.
9 people were killed and 18 others left injured after a fight that started with fists in the bathroom of a Twin Peaks restaurant, eventually ended with guns in the car park. Five biker gangs were thought to be involved, with Scimitars, Cossacks and Bandidos gang members all present.
“There were multiple people on the scene firing weapons at each other,” Sgt. Patrick Swanton, a Waco Police Department spokesman, said at a news conference. “They then turned on our officers. Our officers returned gunfire, wounding and possibly killing several.”
“There were so many rounds fired from bad-guy weapons here, it is amazing that innocent civilians were not injured here,” said Swanton. “In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the worst crime scene — the most violent crime scene — that I have ever been involved in. There are dead people still there. There is blood everywhere.”
So how many of these deaths were caused by the bikers? And how many were from police fire? Did the police end the situation efficiently or, as they do so often, was extreme force used and the incident left a lot bloodier than it needed to be?
Police are even laying some of the blame at the feet of the restaurant, saying:
“Management knew that there were issues, and we were here, but they continued to let those groups of people into their business. Apparently the management wanted them here, so we didn’t have any say so on whether they could be here or not.”
Here’s a news report from the scene: