Texas motorcycle gang shooting began with parking dispute

Following deadly weekend shootout between rival gang members in Texas, police seek gang truce and end of bloodshed.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The fight among members of rival motorcycle gangs outside a Texas eatery began with a parking dispute and one gang member’s getting injured after someone ran over his foot, local police said Tuesday.

Waco police Sergeant W. Patrick Swanton said the fighting broke out when an uninvited group’s showed up at Sunday’s meeting of biker gangs.

When a vehicle ran over one man’s foot, that caused a dispute that continued inside the restaurant.

Meanwhile, Texas police asked rival motorcycle gangs on Tuesday to put aside their differences after a weekend brawl at a Waco restaurant that left nine people dead and 18 injured, calling for a halt to the carnage and threats of revenge attacks.

"There has been enough tragedy and there has been enough bloodshed in Waco, Texas. We would appreciate there not being any more," Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told a news briefing.

It was not clear which gang was responsible for rolling over the biker’s foot.

Swanton added that threats of reprisals against police from motorcycle gangs have “toned down” but are still a worry for law enforcement officials.

When the shootout was over, nine people were dead and 18 wounded. Of the 18 injured, seven remain in hospital and all are in stable condition. Few of those involved in the deadly brawl were from the Waco area, Swanton said.

Those arrested were being held on bail of $1 million each in separate parts of a county jail to prevent an outbreak of violence, county officials said.

They face organised crime charges relating to capital murder. Charges directly relating to the violence will likely come after an investigation of the bullet-riddled crime scene where gang members attacked each other with guns, knives, clubs, brass knuckles and chains.

Among the gangs involved in the shootout were the Bandidos, which the U.S. Justice Department says has between 2,000 to 2,500 members in the United States and 13 other countries. It is one of the biggest motorcycle gangs and a rival to the better-known Hells Angels.

The Bandidos have been battling with a rival gang - the Cossacks - for control in the state, which has been seen as Bandidos territory, an expert on outlaw motorcycle gangs said.

Jimmy Graves, a member of the Bandidos, talking to AP,  disputed that claim, saying the groups had planned to discuss laws protecting motorcycle riders and other topics such as trademarks for club logos.

TRTWorld and agencies