Surveillance Footage Shows Waco Biker Shootout At Twin Peaks That Left 9 Dead, 177 Arrested [Graphic Video]
Warning: Some may find the contents of this video disturbing.
A horrifying scene at the Twin Peaks in Waco, Texas, unfolded on May 17, 2015, between two rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks. New surveillance footage taken from inside of the restaurant shows the moment that gunfire erupted sending bikers scattering across the restaurant as they pulled out their firearms. Waitresses can be seen running for cover as the bullets rained around them. As police descended upon the scene, nine bikers would be found dead and 177 arrested. In all, police would find 480 different weapons inside of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant, including 12 long guns, 133 handguns, and 44 shell casings.
The Daily Mail reports that a mass arrest of bikers took place at the Twin Peaks in Waco, Texas, earlier this year. The police would arrest 177 bikers after a shootout that many likened to the “gunfight at OK Corral.” The shootout would leave the Twin Peaks restaurant riddled with bullets and nine men dead.
Startling new surveillance footage was just released by CNN that shows the moment that gunfire rained out into the restaurant where the Cossacks biker gang was having lunch.
The video shows the moment that members of the Cossacks begin taking cover on the restaurant patio as gunshots are fired. The men can be seen hiding behind tables and pulling out weapons of their own. In portions of the video you can watch as gunfire is exchanged and bikers flee to the interior of the restaurant.
Reports indicate that members of the biker gangs were hiding in the restrooms, behind the bar, and underneath tables as the gun fight ensued. Video also shows the waitresses, in their trademark Twin Peaks attire, ducking for cover as shots are fired off around them.
The surveillance footage also shows the moment that police arrived and lined up the 177 bikers for arrest. The men can be seen lined up inside of the restaurant with their hands in the air as they are escorted in single-file line from the property. Following the incident, most of the bikers were charged with engaging in organized crime in connection to a capital murder case. However, just five months later, none of the men remain behind bars. It is reported that just 22 of the 135 people originally ordered to wear ankle monitors upon release are still required to wear them, as none of the men committed any crime or violation that would require them to return to jail. In fact, none of the bikers have been charged with any of the shooting deaths and it doesn’t appear they will be.
Waco PD’s Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says that the crime scene was the “worst” he has seen in his career. He notes that the Twin Peaks restaurant’s unwillingness to cooperate with police before the incident was also a cause for concern. Swanton claims that the police had asked for the Twin Peaks Waco franchise to offer assistance before the deadly shootout but the chain refused. Swanton says that refusal led to “bad things” and is evidence that businesses should take heed when approached by law enforcement about potential threats or investigations.
“If you have a police department asking for your assistance as a business, you ought to pay attention to that. If you don’t bad things can happen, as evidenced here today.”
Following the revelation that the Waco Twin Peaks had been unwilling to help police prior to the shooting, Twin Peaks revoked the franchise agreement with the Waco branch noting they were “relatively new” and that their actions would “not be tolerated.”
“We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and are revoking their franchise immediately.”
[Image via Waco Twin Peaks surveillance footage via CNN]