If convicted, the 170 suspects arrested might face murder charges. Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton confirmed in a statement report by USA Today, that some bikers were possibly dead and injured because of police gunshots.
Waco police also informed that they are receiving death threats. Police fired at the bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant franchise to bring the situation under control.
“They started shooting at our officers and our officers returned fire,” Swanton said, adding that most of the dead and wounded suffered from police gunshots.
“It is a pretty gruesome scene,” Swanton said.
On Monday’s briefing, Swanton said that it is not yet proven by autopsies or medical examinations, but the possibility is high that four of the bikers were shot by police.
“The autopsies have not been completed and that information may very likely be incorrect,” Swanton said. “It is not coming from me or the Waco Police Department.”
Investigators are collecting evidences from the crime scene which will be completed by Tuesday, Swanton said.
Swanton added that around 170 people were arrested in the Texas shootout and if found guilty, they will be charged with murder.
Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson set $1 million bonds on the shooting suspects and one third of them were held in the McLennan County Jail on Monday afternoon.
Swanton informed that eighteen Waco and four state officers were on duty on Sunday at Twin Peaks restaurant when the shooting incident took place.
“They knew we were seconds away but it mattered not to them,” Swanton said. “They were killing people and then turned their guns on officers.”
Meanwhile the Twin Peaks corporate office on Monday cancelled the franchise of the restaurant where the gang shooting occurred.
“We are in the people business and the safety of the employees and guests in our restaurants is priority one,” the company said in a report by KWTX.
“Unfortunately the management team of the franchised restaurant in Waco chose to ignore the warnings and advice from both the police and our company, and did not uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants.
“We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and are revoking their franchise agreement immediately. Our sympathies continue to be with the families of those who died and are very thankful no employees, guests, police officers or bystanders were hurt or injured,” the statement said.