Who Were The Biker Gang Shooting Victims? They All Belonged To A Motorcycle Club
Sunday's deadly melee between rival biker gangs outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, left nine people dead, and their names have finally been released. So who were the biker gang shooting victims? All of them belonged to a motorcycle club, and preliminary autopsy reports, obtained by local station KWTX, showed they all died from gunshot wounds.
Eight of the victims died on scene while a ninth died at a local hospital. Most of the victims were from nearby Texas cities while Jordan and Boyett were the only people with previous ties to Waco, according to KWTX. There were no records for Kirshner, KWTX said.
- Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65; died of gunshot wounds to the head and trunk
- Jacob Lee Rhyne, 39; died of gunshot wounds to the neck
- Richard Vincent Kirshner, Jr., 47; died of unspecified gunshot wounds
- Richard Matthew Jordan, III, 31; died of gunshot wounds to the head
- Wayne Lee Campbell, 43; died of gunshot wounds to the head and trunk
- Daniel Raymond Boyett, 44; died of gunshot wounds to the head
- Matthew Mark Smith, 27; died of gunshot wounds to the trunk
- Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40; died of unspecified gunshot wounds
- Charles Wayne Russell, 46; died of gunshot wounds to the chest
Eight of the victims were Cossacks members, and one was with the Bandidos, authorities said without disclosing which victims belonged to what club. The two biker gangs were the primary players in the shootout, which might have been sparked after one member drove over a rival's foot in the parking lot, Waco police spokesman Sgt. Patrick Swanton told reporters Tuesday. Citing a law enforcement source, CNN reported four bikers were killed by police fire. Swanton acknowledged police and biker gang members exchanged fire but advised reporters to wait for confirmation from final autopsy reports.
The autopsies have not been completed and that information may very likely be incorrect. It is not coming from me or the Waco Police Department.
Fortunately, none of the victims were bystanders, but authorities now fear involved biker gangs could seek retribution for their members' deaths. As Waco eases back into normalcy, hopefully revenge won't ride its way into town.
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