Nine people have been killed and another 18 injured during a shootout between five rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas.
Fighting broke out in the bathroom of the popular Twin Peaks restaurant before spilling into a car park as the bikers attacked each other with clubs, chains and knives before opening fire on each other, Waco Police Sergeant W Patrick Swanton said.
Eight of the bikers died at the scene, with another dying in hospital. Eighteen others were taken to hospitals with injuries including stab and gunshot wounds and 192 people were arrested in connection with the violence on Sunday night.
Sgt Swanton said: “This is probably one of the most gruesome scenes I’ve ever seen in my 34 years of law enforcement.
“I was amazed that we didn’t have innocent civilians killed or injured.
“This is not something we’re playing around with. This is a major crime scene… it is a pretty gruesome scene.”
He added that the interior of the restaurant was littered with bullet casings, knives, clubs, bodies and pools of blood. Up to 100 weapons are also thought to have been recovered… see more