AP: Surveillance video shows bikers ducking, running for cover
By The Associated Press
Security camera video reviewed by The Associated Press shows that as gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of bikers ran for cover inside and tried to guide others to safety.
The video suggests the Sunday gunfight that left nine dead was contained almost entirely outside the restaurant, besides one gunshot fired by a biker on the patio who then runs inside.
On the patio, bikers are seen ducking under the tables and trying to run inside. At least three people were seen holding handguns. One biker is seen running with blood on his face, hands and torso.
The AP was shown the video by representatives of the Twin Peaks restaurant franchise. They have not released the video, citing the ongoing police investigation.
3:15 p.m. (CDT)
Police contend about 1,000 weapons were recovered from the scene of a Texas shootout in which nine members of motorcycle groups were killed and 18 others injured.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Wednesday the weapons included an AK-47 assault rifle taken from a vehicle, handguns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and chains. A day earlier Swanton had said 100 weapons were expected to be recovered.
He acknowledged the weapons included pocket knives and Swiss army knives confiscated by authorities.
Johnny Snyder, vice president of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club in Waco, said some people had licenses to carry firearms in their vehicles when they arrived but didn't bring them into the restaurant Sunday where the shootout occurred.
Swanton says weapons were found in toilets, bags of chips and elsewhere.
2:30 p.m. (CDT)
A motorcycle gang shootout in Texas that left nine people dead has elevated security concerns for the upcoming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
The annual rally draws hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to South Dakota's Black Hills. Organizers are expecting up to 1 million people for the 75th anniversary event in early August.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley told the Argus Leader newspaper that his office has contacted authorities in Texas about the shootout in Waco on Sunday that involved rival motorcycle gangs.
Jackley said the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation plans to keep a command center open longer during the rally.
Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says officials will be "vigilant to ensure the safety" of rally-goers. But he says rally organizers aren't planning additional security beyond what the city already had planned.
10:25 a.m. (CDT)
One of the men arrested in the aftermath of a motorcycle gang shootout in Central Texas that left nine dead is a retired San Antonio police detective.
San Antonio police and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement confirmed that 62-year-old Martin Lewis worked for the department for more than 30 years before retiring in 2004. Lewis was among about 170 people arrested in Waco and charged with engaging in organized crime. Each person is being held on a $1 million bond.
Online records for the McLennan County jail do not indicate an attorney for Lewis who could comment on the charge.
A confederation of motorcycle groups had gathered at a Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday when a dispute in the parking lot escalated into deadly violence.
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