City of Waco Mayor releases statement regarding Twin Peaks shooting

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-18 19:51:46-04

City of Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. released the following statement regarding Sunday's deadly shootout between rival biker gangs at Twin Peaks in Waco:

"Following the tragedy that occurred on Sunday at the Twin Peaks restaurant, I want to thank all of the outstanding local, county, state and federal law enforcement Officers and first responders who so quickly and ably, joined forces to control and minimize the tragic loss that occurred in our city.  

We are fortunate to have such well trained professionals who are prepared at a moment's notice to step forward, risking their own life and safety, to protect the lives of others and to make a strong collective statement that we will not tolerate wrongful acts of violence in our community. 

I am thankful that innocent bystanders were not harmed in this incident and I want to assure all of our citizens that your safety is and has been our priority and we are confident that this rogue event will not disrupt or endanger our community.  Waco's location on I-35 has always been a strategic advantage but in this case it only facilitated the convening of a large group of people with criminal capability. We are fairly certain most of the criminal activity was perpetrated by non-residents. We want to also assure the tourists and other travelers that Waco is safe and secure and back to work

I want to thank the many businesses and employees in the Central Texas Market Place for their patience and understanding while their lives were disrupted while the detailed investigation was conducted. 

The future of Waco and McLennan County continues to shine brightly and this tragic event will serve as a reminder of the strength and heart of a strong community."