Nowhere near 1,000 guns: Waco police revise weapons haul from biker shoot-out

(RT) – Police admit they exaggerated the number of weapons seized from biker gangs at a Waco restaurant following a shoot-out last Sunday that killed 9 people. Initial claims of 1000 weapons were revised to just over 300, including 118 handguns and an AK rifle.

Waco police Sergeant Patrick Swanton initially spoke of “1000
weapons
” found in and around the Twin Peaks restaurant, but
issued a correction on the police department’s Facebook page, clarifying that the actual
haul was not quite so sensational.

The first number I gave this morning was a best guess
estimate from looking at the overall crime scene and was over
estimated
,” Swanton wrote. “My apologies for the
confusion, and I should have waited to release a more specific
count; not estimate.

So far, police have recovered 318 weapons in total — including
118 handguns, 157 knives, and 43 other weapons, such as brass
knuckles and chains. One of the “other” weapons seized was an
AK-47 assault rifle, found in a parked car along with body armor,
the police have said.

We do expect the numbers to continue to rise,” Swanton
added.

According to sergeant Swanton, weapons have been found “in
sacks of chips, stuffed between bags of flour, stuffed into the
bench seating, hidden in shelves, thrown into trash cans, placed
in the kitchen stoves, discarded on floors and even so far as to
attempt to flush a handgun down a commode
.”

Preliminary findings indicate that the dispute initially broke
out in the bathroom, and then quickly escalated to include knives
and firearms as it spilled out into the parking lot.

According to McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara, all nine
of those killed were members of either the Bandidos or Cossacks
gangs. Their identities have not yet been released. Eighteen
others were wounded. Initial reports spoke of at least 50 weapons
recovered from the scene, including brass knuckles, knives, and
clubs.

This isn’t your church-going crowd that came out to have
dinner with the family
,” Sergeant Swanton told the Houston
Chronicle. “This is a gang-oriented criminal element that was
in our city to conduct criminal activity
.”

According to Breitbart Texas, however, the meeting was a
legitimate political gathering organized by the biker group Texas
Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I). The
conservative news site cited reports from local media claiming only
one of the victims was a local resident, and quoted a witness to
the melee who blamed the Cossacks biker gang for crashing the
event.

These meetings have gone on for 20 years, and we’ve gone all
these years without a single incident until Sunday,
” the
Waco Tribune-Herald quoted Steve Cochran, described as a national
bikers’ rights advocate.

The Associated Press confirmed that four of the nine dead had no
criminal record in Texas.

This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.