A look at the evidence from deadly Waco biker shootout

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Posted: Sep 18, 2015 3:55 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Evidence reviewed by The Associated Press sheds new light on the deadly May 17 shootout involving two rival motorcycle clubs outside a Waco restaurant. A look at some of the details described in 8,800 pages of police reports, dash-cam video, photos and audio interviews:

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— More than 430 weapons were recovered from the crime scene, including 151 guns. Other weapons included knives, clubs and brass knuckles.

— In police dash-cam video, an officer can be heard saying, "I'm going to shoot your ass. Stay on the ground." Another officer says, "They are shooting from the ground." Video footage shows bikers and drivers fleeing the restaurant's parking lot while officers carrying rifles rush to the scene.

— Dozens of witnesses told police and Texas Rangers that the dispute began when a rider from the Bandidos gang ran over a prospective member of the Cossacks gang with his motorcycle. Many witnesses told investigators that they had not seen anything.

— Multiple witnesses told interviewers that the dispute had to do with Cossacks wearing a Texas patch on their vests.

— Two pistols — a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber and a Taurus .45 caliber — were found in the restaurant toilets, police photos show.

— Other photos show bodies lying in blood, bullet casings, a Cossacks 2015 agenda caked in blood and a Bandidos vest that reads: "God forgives, Bandidos don't."

— Of the 20 people who sought treatment for gunshot and knife wounds, 10 were arrested and 10 were released, according to the police's 724-page incident report.

— After the shooting ceased, an officer asked everyone with a weapon to raise a hand, according to the incident report. Nearly everyone did.

— Prosecutors decided to arrest the majority of those detained. District Attorney Abel Reyna and his staff told authorities that anyone wearing a patch, clothing or insignia that indicated support for the Bandidos or Cossacks should be charged with engaging in organized crime, according to the report.