What the hell?
“Nine people are dead in what was described by witnesses as a “war zone” battle between rival biker gangs outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas. All of those killed were members of the biker gangs.”
Twin Peaks is a lot like Hooters, but without so much refinement and class.
It appears that the gangs involved were the Cossacks and the Scimitars, neither of which I’m familiar with. Though if the images are any indication, both are distinctly pale of hue.
Considering the fact that there were a grand total of six murders in all of Waco in 2012, it’s a pretty big story.
More later, maybe.
Update The Waco Tribune says the Bandidos motorcycle gang (a gang with a famous and lengthy rap sheet) was involved fighting with the Cossacks.
Update 2: Now seeing reports that at least five biker gangs were involved in the Waco shootout.
Also the gangs appeared to be there as part of a “peace meeting”:
Swanton said at least five rival gangs gathered at Twin Peaks for a meeting that he said focused on turf and recruitment, two areas where the groups have often clashed. Preliminary findings indicate a dispute broke out in a bathroom and then spilled into the restaurant where it escalated to include knives and firearms, he said. There were 150 to 200 gang members inside the restaurant at the time.
I think we can mark this meeting as way more exciting, and less successful, than the average work meeting…
Update 3: Here’s a Stratfor piece from 2009 that links the Bandidos to Mexican drug cartels.
Update 4: This Daily Mail piece offers up more pictures, and deduces the names of additional gangs from their leathers: “The Pirados, the Veterans (one sitting), and the Leathernecks.” All three show up on this list of Waco motorcycle clubs. Note that a whole lot of those (probably the majority) appear to be law-abiding organizations.
Update 5: Heavy has put up 5 Bandidos Facts You Should Know (including that they had a “Nordic Biker War” with the Hells Angels in Scandinavia in the 1990s) and 5 Cossack facts Your Should Know (less useful); the 5 Scimitars Fast Facts You Need to Know is almost completely a repeat of the other two.