Twin Peaks victims may need legal help

Nine people died and 18 were injured in Sunday’s biker brawl at Twin Peaks in Waco. As a fight began in the bathroom, the violence turned from fists to knives, to guns.

The biker gang members were beating, stabbing and shooting each other, as well as opening fire on officers. Luckily, no officers were injured. Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said, “In my nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience, this is the most violent and gruesome scene that I have dealt with.”

There has been much discussion whether Twin Peaks should be held accountable for the bloody event. Twin peaks had hosted special events for their biker clientele and this has worried police for the past two months. This caused police to patrol outside the restaurant in uniform and marked vehicles. This still was not enough to prevent the violence.

Swanton sided against Twin Peaks and said the franchise failed to keep their establishment safe by ignoring the police department’s advice to keep the biker gangs away from the restaurant. According to Swanton, the restaurant had a right to deny entry to known biker gangs, and they chose not to.

A statement was released from the Twin Peaks’ corporate management revoking the Waco location’s franchise agreement.

“We are in the people business and the safety of the employees and guests in our restaurants is priority one,” the statement said. “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.”

The Twin Peaks Waco franchise released a statement saying they were working hard to find the facts about the shooting. The restaurant wanted to make it clear that law enforcement did not ask the restaurant operator or the franchisor to cancel the patio reservation made for the bikers for Sunday. The restaurant also believes the violence did not start in the bathroom inside of the restaurant, but in the parking lot.

The shooting is still under investigation, and many facts still remain unknown. Although police are working to uncover the story, it seems most discussion may be leaning towards the responsibility of Twin Peaks and the actions they failed to take to keep their employees and guests safe.

Even though there are no other guests that were injured, many families were traumatized by the scene and the violence of the acts at the restaurant.

If you were affected by this shooting, contact an attorney immediately to see what your options are. The Carlson Law Firm is currently taking cases related to this incident. Please contact our office for a free consultation.

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

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