ABC News, By Dan Good, May 18
Nearly 200 suspected gang members were arrested after a meeting between rival Texas biker gangs turned into a deadly brawl, Waco police said.
Nine people died in the incident — eight at the scene and one at the hospital. The meeting had been scheduled so the rival gang members could settle their differences, police said.
Eighteen people were taken from the scene to hospitals, mostly for gunshot and stab wounds, Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said at a news conference. Everyone involved was a gang member, police said.
Police said 192 suspected gang members were arrested and processed today on charges of engaging in organized crime.
“This was a true gang fight that occurred at this location,” Swanton said at a Monday morning news conference. He said the people involved in the brawl were using “bad-guy weapons” such as brass knuckles, knives and guns.
Members of as many as five biker gangs gathered at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in the Central Texas Market Place early in the afternoon to discuss their differences, Swanton said. A fistfight began and quickly escalated to include knives and firearms, and then spilled into the parking lot, where gang members fired at each other, Swanton said.
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