WACO, Texas — Newly released video shows the scene inside the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant in May just before the biker brawl and shootout that ended with nine people killed and 177 bikers arrested.
A fight and shootout erupts just off camera between a group of motorcycle clubs called the Bandidos and the Cossacks.
The reaction tells the story of the chaos and horrific scene that unfolds as the gunshots start exploding. Members of the Cossacks Club are sitting on the patio. They duck for cover. Some grab firearms and other weapons.
One biker is seen on the surveillance video running through the patio and firing a shot toward the parking lot.
Dozens of bikers rush inside the building, hide in bathrooms and the restaurant kitchen.
“The whole incident probably didn’t last more than 90 seconds, it seemed like an hour,” said John Wilson, President of the Waco chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. “When you are laying there and people are getting shot around you and bullets are whizzing by you.”
In dozens of police interviews, Cossack and Bandido bikers blame their rivals for started the deadly fight.
Waco Police and prosecutors have consistently defended the mass arrests of the 177 bikers that day, all charged with organized criminal activity. No one has been charged for the nine deaths.