Sunday’s deadly brawl at a Waco, Tx., restaurant could have been prevented by the restaurant, according to Waco police, reports WFAA-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Sgt. Patrick Swanton said police knew there would be trouble at the restaurant and had additional officers on the scene. Waco police had attempted to work with management at the Twin Peaks restaurant, but the restaurant refused. Nine people were killed and at least 18 more were injured in a melee involving guns, knives, clubs and other paraphernalia. Police said today that 192 people were being arrested on “Engaging in Organized Crime” charges.
“What happened today could have been avoided if we would have had management at a local establishment listen to their police department and assist us,” said Swanton. “They failed to do that, and this is the event that happened.” Swanton said all of the dead or injured were “members of criminal biker gangs.” Bystanders at the shopping center and a nearby restaurant were “all unscathed,” he said. The initial fight began in the Twin Peaks restroom and then moved outside, he said. Police said at least 50 weapons were recovered that were not police weapons. “These were bad guy weapons,” Swanton said.