Dispute over parking space may have ignited deadly Texas biker gang brawl

Dispute over parking space may have ignited deadly Texas biker gang brawl
Credit: Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald

An argument over a restaurant parking spot may have ignited the horrific shootout between rival motorcycle gangs that killed nine, wounded 18 and led to the arrests of 170 bikers, police said Monday.

Gang tensions over turf, respect and statewide power have been boiling for months, police said, so when two skirmishes erupted Sunday in the parking lot and in the restroom of the Twin Peaks restaurant along Interstate 35 where 200 bikers met, the disputes quickly escalated into carnage.

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened among the five biker gangs that gathered, but they are pursuing the parking space theory after interviewing several witnesses Sunday and Monday, authorities said.

“It’s like the Wild West,” said McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara. “These guys become very violent to each other very quickly over nothing.”

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