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Twin Peaks Speaks Out About Waco Shooting, Culpability

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WACO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Amid an investigation into the violent biker gang shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco, an operating partner at the restaurant has released a statement on the company's Facebook page, in response to police criticism of the location allegedly entertaining conspicuous biker gangs

The statement from Jay Patel of the Twin Peaks Waco franchise reads:

"We are horrified by the criminal, violent acts that occurred outside of our Waco restaurant today. We share in the community's trauma. Our priority is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers and employees, and we consider the police our partners in doing so. Our management team has had ongoing and positive communications with the police and we will continue to work with them as we all want to keep violent crime out of our businesses and community. We will continue to cooperate with the police as they investigate this terrible crime."

Nine people were killed and 16 injured in the violent altercation. CBS 11's Gabriel Roxas learned the incident may have been sparked by an argument over a parking space. "It started in the bathroom with most likely a push or a shove or somebody looking at somebody wrong," said Sgt. Patrick Swanson of the Waco Police Department.

The Twin Peaks at Central Texas Marketplace is allegedly a hotbed of gang activity. The Waco Police Department told CBS 11 on Sunday that management had remained uncooperative for the last two months.

"We feel like that they [Twin Peaks] did not take our advice and try to keep the bike groups from being here; they absolutely have a right to refuse service to people that may be a harm to their patrons and employees," said Swanson.

Swanson reiterated, "They didn't do that, and today is the ultimate aftermath of what their decision was."

Waco police had reached out to Twin Peaks national organization just last week.

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