The fatal gunfight that took place in Waco, Texas, could have been prevented by the restaurant management, said local police today. The fight took place on Sunday during which nine people were killed and some 18 were injured. Rival motorcycle gangs used guns, knives, clubs and other weapons. As many as 192 people were apprehended, and many of them are facing charges for Engaging in Organized Crime.
The police said that they knew the conflict was going to explode, and have tried to work with the Twin Peaks restaurant management in order to prevent the battle. The management, however, refused to cooperate.
"What happened ... could have been avoided if we would have had management at a local establishment listen to their police department and assist us," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton. "They failed to do that, and this is the event that happened." He added that all the injured and killed were members of “criminal biker gangs.” No police officers or bystanders were hurt, which Swanton described as “a surprise.”
As many as 200 bikers were inside the eatery at the time of the battle. The fight then moved outside. Stab wounds and gunshot wounds were the most common type of injuries, said Swanton. A number of police officers off-duty was at the scene at the time of the conflict, and they tried everything stop the conflict. “That saved numerous lives,” concluded Swanton.