Authorities in Texas Arrest Nearly 200 Following Biker Gang Shooting

The investigation continues.

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Nearly 200 people have been arrested in connection with yesterday's biker gang shooting in Texas which killed nine people and left 18 others injured. 

The Waco Police Department issued a statement about the shooting this morning: 

192 individuals are being arrested and processed this morning in reference to the Twin Peaks Shooting. They will all face Engaging in Organized Crime charges. They are being booked and processed at this time. McLennan County District Attorney is involved in our investigation and has been assisting us throughout the night.

TABC is implementing a Summary Suspension closing Twin Peaks for at least 7 days. This is not a punitive action on TABC's part but done due to the ongoing danger it presents to our community. They are conducting a parallel investigation and further action may be forthcoming.

According to Mashable, a crowd of over 200 gathered at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. A conflict inside of the restaurant boiled over into a melee where shots were fired in the parking lot, in addition to bikers armed with bats, clubs, and chains fighting each other.

During a press conference yesterday, Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said that police believe all of the deceased are members of biker gangs who engaged in criminal activity. The shooting reportedly took place at biker meeting that was under police observation:

Police had been monitoring a meeting between biker gangs at the location when the violence erupted shortly after noon inside the Twin Peaks restaurant and then spilled out into the busy parking lot of the shopping center along Interstate 35. According to police, members of at least five rival gangs had been gathered for a meeting.

We knew there was going to be trouble at this biker event, Swanton said. Waco police had its best, most well-trained officers on the scene, which he credited with keeping the number of dead relatively low.

The investigation continues, with the FBI and ATF aiding state and local authorities.

[via Mashable]

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