After the deadly brawl that left nine dead outside Waco's Twin Peaks restaurant, 192 others from five biker gangs have been arrested in connection with the violence. Vox notes that the meeting of the rival gangs was no coincidence — the more than 150 members were there to discuss recruitment before the talk turned deadly. According to KWTX, all were charged with engaging in organized crime and are being held with a $1 million bail.
Described by police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Watson as, "the most violent and gruesome scene that I have dealt with," the fight started within the restaurant and eventually spilled into the parking lot where KWTX is now reporting police found over 300 weapons. Waco Police Department released a breakdown of the weaponry on their Facebook page yesterday — 118 handguns, 1 Ak-47, 157 knives, and 43 others.
This new staggering figure is a far cry from the original number of 100 weapons thought to be recovered from the scene. Weapons were also found inside the restaurant, hidden inside trash cans, sacks of chips, inside stoves, and in the toilet. Surprisingly, no civilians or Twin Peaks employees were injured during the exchange. Some were forced to take cover inside the restaurant's freezer. While originally expected to close for a week, Twin Peaks corporate office confirmed on Monday it would withdraw the restaurant's license. This location will not reopen.
In a recent move, the government is making an attempt to break up biker gangs by banning their logos, reports the Daily Mail. Many believe that by stripping gangs of their trademarked patches, they will be robbed of their identity and power. The first gang to be targeted is the 600-member Mongols Nation. If successful, this precedent could be used in order to make other gang logos/badges illegal, including those that belong to the gangs involved in Sunday's shootout. The case will be argued in Los Angeles on June 2.