18 May 2015

Texas gang shoot-out leaves 9 dead

11:03 am on 18 May 2015

A shoot-out between rival gangs of bikers in Texas has left nine people dead, and many people injured.

The incident happened at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in a shopping area called the Central Texas Market Place, Waco.

Police said eight people had died at the scene and a ninth died in hospital. Several other people were injured.

The Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in Waco, Texas.

A screen grab from video of the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in Waco, Texas. Photo: KWTX‎

One witness quoted by the Waco Tribune-Herald said the car park of the restaurant resembled "a war zone".

"There were maybe 30 guns being fired in the parking lot, maybe 100 rounds," Michelle Logan said.

Waco police said the shooting happened shortly after midday when two rival gangs got into a fight.

Police spokesman Sgt W Patrick Swanton said the fight started with punches and then involved knives and firearms.

He said there were concerns that groups involved in the shooting may have moved to other locations in and around Waco.

He asked residents to avoid the area until an all-clear is issued.

Waco police said no officers had been injured in the shooting.


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