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9 Dead In Waco Following Biker Gang Shootings

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Waco police say nine people were killed Sunday afternoon after a shootout involving rival biker gangs.

Waco police say nine people have been killed and others injured after gunfire erupted between rival biker gangs at a restaurant.Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton">says eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant about noon Sunday and another person died at a hospital.

Swanton says the fight began with punches and then escalated to knives and firearms. It's not immediately clear if bystanders are among the dead. The severity of injuries to others was not immediately known.

He says police were aware that gang members were gathering at the restaurant and officers were present when shots began.Some of the officers fired on bikers as the shooting spilled from the restaurant into a busy parking lot. Patrons and bystanders dove for cover.

The shootings happened at a Twin Peaks restaurant adjacent to Interstate 35. 

Swanton said earlier this afternoon that authorities were concerned that gang members are moving to other parts of the city to continue the confrontation elsewhere.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna told KWTX-TV earlier this month that law enforcement was aware of simmering conflicts between gangs that gathered at the restaurant.

Waco Police reported on its Facebook page: "Again!!! Please avoid the Central Texas Market Place as the area is NOT safe. Officers are continuing to arrest individuals coming to the scene with weapons. This is not the time to sight see as we are dealing with very dangerous individuals."