Knives, guns, blood and fear: Inside the Texas biker shootout

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Dramatic surveillance footage and crime-scene photos obtained by CNN show the deadly progression of a shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, in May that left nine dead. A witness to the shooting, which erupted at a Twin Peaks “breastaurant” allegedly between the Bandidos and the Cossacks, said it was like “the O.K. Corral.” In the silent video, men sporting tattoos and black leather jackets starting punching each other, pull guns and fire, or hit the deck as scantily clad waitresses flee the scene.

Waco police and the McLennan County district attorney’s office said they didn’t release the clip, adding that whoever made it public could be “subject to ethical and legal issues.” According to the BigCountryHomePage.com, the president of the Abilene, Texas chapter of the Bandidos, Curtis Jack Lewis, was arrested in November 2013 on charges that he stabbed two members of the Cossacks during a fight outside a restaurant. It has spread to more than 100 chapters in the United States, and international chapters in Germany, Australia, Denmark, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Malaysia, Indoensia, Singapore, Costa Rica and Belgium.

The expert, Kansas City-area police officer Steve Cook, said the feud started because the Cossacks, backed by the Angels, challenged the Bandidos for control of Texas. Other gangs joined the battle with the Cossacks because they were angry over recent killings by the Bandidos. “My perception is that the Cossacks have been flirting, if you will, with Hell’s Angels,” Cook told the Post. “If I’m a Bandido, my immediate reaction is: ‘These guys are going to try to make a move and bring an international gang into our state, which is going to cause a war.’” The Bandidos already knew that the Cossacks weren’t going to play ball, and when push came to shove and these guys weren’t cooperating, all hell broke loose. Law enforcement authorities estimate that the Bandidos are one of the two largest OMGs operating in the U.S., with approximately 900 members belonging to 93 chapters. Patrick Swanton said innocent bystanders and officers somehow managed to escape injury, including a restaurant full of families just feet away from the one where the shooting started. “Let’s just say it’s Sunday and someone was looking out for us,” Swanton said. “There were so many rounds fired from bad guy weapons here.” “We were in marked cars.

And it mattered not to them,” Swanton said at a news conference, which was posted online by KXXV. “That tells you the kind of level of people we’re dealing with.” The police department’s spokesman, Sgt.

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