"I heard, 'pop, pop,' small caliber, and then a rapid succession of shots from what sounded to me like an assault rifle," said William English, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran who was approaching the front door of the Twin Peaks restaurant for a meeting of biker clubs
Waco police have said they returned fire after being shot at, and call the witnesses' depictions of events incorrect.
Initially, they said they were responding to a fight. Now they were fired upon?
Steve Cochran, a Navy veteran and member of the Sons of the South club, pulled into the parking lot facing the patio minutes before the shooting began. He was to help set up for the meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents, a group that advocates for biker rights and motorcycle safety.
"I heard one pistol shot. All the rest of the shots I heard were assault rifles," said Cochran, who took cover behind a crane about 30 yards away. He walked the shooting scene with the AP several days later, showing what he saw and his vantage point.
Cochran said he heard suppressed rounds fired by assault weapons, which are still audible but sound different than a handgun firing. Is it possible English heard suppressed weapons fire, instead of a handgun?
Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says the witnesses' depictions of events are "absolutely incorrect," asserting that police shot fewer rounds than the bikers. He confirmed that some officers carry semi-automatic weapons, which fire a single shot with every pull of the trigger, and automatically reload between shots.
I would assume that ALL of them carry a semi-auto of some sort, seeing a wheel gun is a true rarity - other than a concealed back-up.
Jennifer Cicolani, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, noted that a semi-automatic gun can shoot more bullets in less time than a small-caliber weapon.
Congratulations Jennifer! You just confirmed that BATFE-IEIO is the least qualified department to make any decisions regarding ANYTHING supposedly related to that agency! I guess they may have had some of those shoulder thingies that go up, as well.
300 plus "weapons". Of which they found one rifle locked in a car trunk. However, anything can be considered a "weapon" - even a GardenWeasel. Got a tool kit in your vehicle? Then they are burglary tools. Statistics are being padded to corroborate a narrative. I'd wager that if you searched the parking lot of any Texas WalMart, you would find a better selection of real weapons than what was turned up at Twin Peaks. Carrying a knife, a pistol, or other such implements doesn't confirm malicious intent. How many people carry a knife every day? I do, as well as a small screw driver - they are tools I use everyday. Never once have I employed them for nefarious purposes, yet I could be arrested for simply having them.
There is too much of a black out of details and an ever fluid story-line unfolding for this to be the truth. As they stall, more information gets shoved down the memory hole.
Joe Miller, a veteran, said he and his wife have lived in Valley Mills for four years and this is the first time people have been nervous around them. He said people now stare them down any time they ride through town.
Perhaps this was the intention.
sent in by LH