Monday, May 18, 2015

Biker Violence In Waco Leaves Bexar County In Heightened Alert

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 9:48 AM

click image Authorities in Waco arrested nearly 200 people after a deadly fight between motorcycle gangs. - WACO POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • Authorities in Waco arrested nearly 200 people after a deadly fight between motorcycle gangs.

Update 11:11 a.m.: Bexar County Sheriff Department chief spokesman James Keith said deputies are on heightened alert after violence between alleged motorcycle gangs in Waco left nine bikers dead and nearly 20 injured.

"There are some indications that more violence in Central Texas could occur," Keith said, adding that South Texas motorcycle gang members may be armed and traveling north.

There are also indications that some gang members may be targeting law enforcement, Keith said.


The Waco Police Department is still investigating a weekend clash between motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead and another 18 injured at a bar and grill.

After working through the night, the department announced on its Facebook page that 192 people are being arrested and booked and are accused of engaging in organized crime.

"Still a very active crime scene this morning at Twin Peaks. Our investigation will continue throughout the day," Waco police said on Facebook. "Crime scene is littered with bullets, blood and other evidence. Civilian as well as Police units with bullet holes remain to be processed."

The fight between up to five rival gangs started in the bathroom and spilled into the sports bar and out into the parking lot Sunday afternoon, NPR reported.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton, a 34-year veteran of police work, said the crime scene is one of the worst he's ever seen.

However, it's not yet clear who shot who.

According to NPR, police were shot at and returned fire.

"Our officers engaged hostile targets, and we started shooting at people who were shooting at other people. Those individuals also turned on our officers, and fired at our officers," Swanton told NPR.

The victims were allegedly members of the Banditos and Cossacks.

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