Nearly 200 arrested in Texas after deadly biker gang shootout

Reuters News
Posted: May 18, 2015 8:17 AM

(Reuters) - Police in Waco, Texas said 192 people were being arrested on Monday in connection with a biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 18 injured a day earlier.

Those under arrest will face charges of engaging in organized crime, police said in a statement following

a deadly gun battle at a sports bar on Sunday when a simmering feud among rival biker gangs boiled over.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is closing Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill, located at a shopping mall in the central Texas city, for at least seven days "due to the ongoing danger it presents to our community," police said.

The commission is conducting a parallel investigation and may take further action, according to the police statement.

Separately, Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton on Monday said police officials have been threatened since the shooting.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales and Jim Forsyth; Editing by Susan Heavey)