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    Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant[W:33]

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    WACO, Texas — Nine people were killed Sunday and some others injured after a shootout erupted among rival biker gangs at a Central Texas restaurant, sending patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said.The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy Waco marketplace along Interstate 35 that draws a large lunchtime crowd. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant and another person at a hospital. It's not immediately clear if bystanders are among the dead.Others were injured, Swanton said, but just how many and the severity of those injuries was not known."There are still bodies on the scene of the parking lot at Twin Peaks," he said. "There are bodies that are scattered throughout the parking lot of the next adjoining business."A photo from the scene showed dozens of motorcycles parked in a lot. Among the bikes, at least three people wearing what looked like biker jackets were on the ground, two on their backs and one face down. Police were standing a few feet away in a group. Several other people also wearing biker jackets were standing or sitting nearby.Swanton said police were aware in advance that at least three rival gangs would be gathering at the restaurant and at least 12 Waco officers in addition to state troopers were at the restaurant when the fight began.When the shooting began in the restaurant and then continued outside, armed bikers were shot by officers, Swanton said, explaining that the actions of law enforcement prevented further deaths.It's not known what triggered the violence but Swanton and McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said tensions had simmered among rival gangs for months."Apparently the management (of Twin Peaks) wanted them here and so we didn't have any say-so on whether they could be here or not," Swanton said.Attempts to contact Twin Peaks for comment were not immediately successful.The fight inside the restaurant began when punches were thrown and it quickly escalated to include chains and knives before firearms were drawn, Swanton said.Photo
    Officers fired on bikers as the shooting spilled from the restaurant into a busy parking lot.CreditRod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via Associated Press

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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    Wow! And you thought English football hooligans and Chicago gang-bangers were beyond the pale.
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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    That's crazy!!!!!
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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    Clearly, I live in a far different society than this part of the world.

    Here, if police hear that something like this is going to develop, they ensure it doesn't get a chance to start by keeping the groups separated either by distance or by timing. Restaurants don't get to determine public safety. I can't imagine what police training would lead to observation only and then escalate to shooting ducks in a barrel when violence erupts as they must assuredly have known it would.

    Hopefully, just a bunch of violent bikers lost their lives - nothing new about that - but the whole scenario seems very wrong to me.
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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    A friend of mine almost had lunch at that restaurant today

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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    Not sure why this is surprising. A bunch of bikers in rival gangs show up to the exact same place and we expect good things to happen? Eventually someone will say something, and it all goes to epic **** from there.
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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    White-on-white crime is out of control. When will White fathers step up and take responsibility for their sons?

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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    Gun control debate in 3...2...1...
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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    This is the product of southern culture, guns and gang banging. This sector of demographics doesn't understand the principles of personal responsibility. What kind of savages have a shootout in public where innocent bystanders could be injured? These people have no moral compass. They are the product of a failed right-wing society of lax gun laws, do as you please, if it feels good do it without any thought of the consequences. Luckily their hate and illicit behavior are contained to the filthy and corrupt conservative hellhole of Texas.


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    Re: Texas: 9 Dead Bikers in Gun Shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant

    What is odd that the 3 gangs pick a restaurant to meet up for a fight.

    I know if I am sitting down to a chicken fried steak and the Angels, Mongels and Bandidoes all pull into the parking lot I am going to get a doggie bag and exit.

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