Police say 9 dead after gruesome Texas biker gang brawl

Police say 9 dead after gruesome Texas biker gang brawl

Police were ramping up security in Waco, Texas, Monday, fearing further violence in the wake of a brawl and shootout between members of rival motorcycle gangs a day earlier that left nine dead and 18 injured.

Authorities increased security to quell fresh attempts at criminal activity in the Central Texas town following the melee Sunday, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Parts of downtown Waco were locked down after the shooting, and officials stopped and questioned motorcycle riders. Agents from the FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting local and state authorities in the investigation.

Police said Monday that 192 people were arrested in connection with the brawl and shootout and were being charged with engaging in organized crime.

The violence erupted shortly after noon local time at a busy shopping center along Interstate 35 that was full of people, including families marking Baylor University’s graduation this weekend. Authorities said the gangs were meeting at a Twin Peaks restaurant to settle disputes over territory and recruitment.

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