WACO, Texas — Police said at least nine people were dead and others wounded after a fight between rival motorcycle gangs at a Texas restaurant turned into a shootout Sunday afternoon.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told CBS affiliate KWTX the gunfire began shortly after noon Sunday at the Twin Peaks restaurant, located in the Central Texas Market Place on Interstate 35.
KWTX reported eight bikers were killed at the restaurant and one other person died at a hospital. At least 18 people were hurt, according to Swanton, none of them police or bystanders.
Police initially said three gangs were involved, but later said factions from at least five gangs took part in the melee.
Swanton said the fight quickly escalated from fists and feet to chains, clubs and knives before the shooting began. He described it as “one of the most violent scenes I’ve seen in my 34 years as a police officer in Waco.”
Law enforcement officers at the scene fired their weapons as well, Swanton said. Restaurant employees and other customers locked themselves in a freezer to escape the fight.
Authorities later recovered more than 100 weapons.
A witness told KWTX he and his family had lunch at another Market Place restaurant and were walking into the parking lot when they heard several gunshots.
“We crouched down in front of our pick-up truck because that was the only cover we had,” the man said, asking the station not to release his name. The witness said he saw several wounded men being treated.
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