Corporate officials for the chain restaurant say they are revoking its franchise agreement.
We are in the people business, and the safety of the employees and guests in our restaurants is priority one. Unfortunately, the management team of the franchised restaurant in Waco chose to ignore the warnings and advice from both the police and our company, and did not uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants. We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and are revoking their franchise agreement immediately. Our sympathies continue to be with the families of those who died and are very thankful on employees, guests, police officers of bystanders were hurt or injured.
Around 170 motorcycle gang members are charged with engaging in organized crime in connection to the shootings, which are now considered a capital murder case “because of the number of people killed in one episode.” The gang members are each being held on $1 million bonds. Police:
That’s a pretty severe charge — engaging in organized crime in reference to nine individuals killed. It doesn’t get much more significant than that. There may be warrants on individuals that may be attached to that as well, but that’s a pretty serious charge…I can tell you that yesterday’s events started as bad guys on bad guys,” said Swanton. “When our officers got there and intervened in the active-shooter situation, those bad guys turned their hostility on our officers, which included Waco and DPS.
Some 50 weapons — including knives, brass knuckles, chains and clubs — have been recovered from the scene so far. Police:
These were bad-guy weapons. They ranged from brass knucks to knives to chains to clubs and to firearms. This was a true gang fight…What I want you all to understand: This is not a bunch of doctors and dentists and lawyers riding Harleys. These are criminals on Harley-Davidsons that are members of a criminal biker gang, and we know who they are. We know which clubs that they’re with.
A shootout among members of several rival motorcycle gangs outside of a Twin Peaks Restaurant in a busy shopping plaza in Waco, Texas, leaves nine bikers dead and nearly two dozen other people with injuries. The incidents starts with a fist fight in the bathroom of the restaurant, which spills into the bar, where it quickly escalates into knife fight — and then out into the parking lot where a gun battle rages between five different biker gangs and heavily armed police. Eight people diee at the scene, and another person died at the hospital. Most of the injured either had stab wounds or gunshot wounds — or both. Two people are taken out of the Waco area because of the severity of the injuries. Police do not identify the groups. No police or bystanders are hurt. Police:
There were multiple people on the scene firing weapons at each other. They then turned on our officers. Our officers returned gunfire, wounding and possibly killing several…There were so many rounds fired from bad-guy weapons here, it is amazing that innocent civilians were not injured here. In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the worst crime scene — the most violent crime scene — that I have ever been involved in. There are dead people still there. There is blood everywhere.