Nine dead, at least 18 wounded. Perhaps 20+ people shot; but by who??
(Via LA Times) […] On Monday, police worked the scene, collecting evidence and diagramming the site. Every bullet casing and every blood spot will be mapped and examined. More than 100 motorcycles and 50 to 75 other vehicles were expected to be inspected and held as evidence in the far-reaching investigation that will probably take time to sort out. Swanton and others who saw the inside of the restaurant said it is littered with shell casings and pools of blood.
Among the unanswered questions is who fired the fatal shots that killed nine. Along with the bikers, police fired shots when the melee erupted inside the Twin Peaks restaurant and spilled onto an outdoor patio and then the parking lot.
The first shots were fired in the restaurant, Swanton said. “We had wounded inside, we had people stabbed and we had people beaten,” he told reporters.
Police, who had been out in force, acted in seconds, Swanton said. He said 18 Waco police officers and four Texas Department of Public Safety officers responded to the shooting, some of them off-duty, but most in uniform because “we wanted our presence to be known.”
[…] A lawyer and a biker leader disputed the police presentation, saying the event was a publicly scheduled meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents, a grass-roots gathering to discuss legislative and safety issues that taken place regularly across the state for years without any violence, the men say.
“They happen about every other month,” said William A. Smith, a Dallas-based attorney who did not attend the meeting but represents bikers. He said Sunday’s shooting was the first instance of violence he’d heard of happening in 18 years of attending such meetings across the state.
“We’re all shocked by the other group that came in to intentionally disrupt the meeting,” Smith said of the Cossacks.
A top member of the Bandidos agreed. The Bandido leader, who declined to give his name and identified himself as “Gimmi Jimmy,” was scheduled to speak at the meeting about legislative issues brought up at the annual National Coalition of Motorcyclists convention he has just attended in Denver.
[…] Motorcycle gang members wear vests with top and bottom patches, or “rockers,” indicating their membership and location, which become an issue in turf wars.
“The Cossacks have been trying to become a little more independent,” Cook said. Instead of wearing patches showing their city and county, they “recently started wearing Texas bottom rockers. Well, that’s a direct challenge to the Bandidos which claim Texas as a territory.”
“That’s like slapping somebody in the face” in the biker world, Cook said. (read more)