A brawl-turned-shootout between rival biker gangs left nine people dead and 18 injured outside of a crowded sports bar in Waco, Texas.
Police said there were between 150 and 200 bikers from five different gangs at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill when the rumble kicked off at around 12:15 p.m. local time (1:15 p.m. ET) on Sunday. Fighting spilled out from the restaurant, first involving fists and feet but then chains, clubs and knives before gunfire erupted. The parking lot was left a blood-streaked battleground.
"It progressed very rapidly," Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said. Police — who had been expecting trouble from the gathering — were already on the scene when fighting broke out and quickly called in reinforcements.
"They started shooting at our officers, and our officers returned fire, taking several of them down," Swanton said. "I'm amazed at the number of rounds fired."
He said eight people died at the scene and another died in the hospital — all biker gang members. Eighteen people were taken to hospitals for gunshot and knife wounds, with some victims suffering from both.
"I'm amazed we did not have innocent civilians killed or injured," Swanton added.
Nearly 100 weapons — including brass knuckles, chains, clubs and firearms — were strewn across the site.