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9 dead, dozens injured in biker gang shooting in Waco, Texas

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A gunfire among members of several rival biker gangs in a hectic shopping plaza in the Central Texas city of Waco on Sunday resulted in death of at least nine bikers and injuries to 18 others.

A local television station, News Channel 25, reported that the violence erupted shortly after noon at an area between the Twin Peaks and Don Carlos restaurants.
Waco police official W. Patrick Swanton was reported as saying that eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant and another person died at a hospital. He added that all were members of the rival gangs. However, he did not give out the names of the gangs or the victims.

The police official told the news channel that members of at least three rival gangs were present in the parking for a meeting. The brawl ensued in the bathroom and later carried on to the restaurant.

Michelle Logan, one of the eye witnesses told the news channel, “There were about 30 firearms in action in the parking lot and around 100 shots were fired in all.”

The police being aware of the meeting in advance was already present at the restaurant when the fight began. The police officers shot the bikers, Swanton told the news channel, to prevent further deaths.

Police said the condition of some of the injured men, who had knife and gunshot wounds, is critical and many more deaths might occur.

The two restaurants were closed after the shootout, and the police detained some of the eye-witnesses to question them.

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Leaders of Texas Abandoning Proposal that Would have Essentially Banned Abortions in Their Community

Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone says he proposed making his town a "sanctuary city for the unborn"

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Image Description FILE - Abortion-rights campaigners attend a rally against new restrictions on abortion passed by legislatures in eight states including Georgia and Alabama, in New York City, May 21, 2019. VOA

Leaders of a small town in Texas are abandoning a proposal that would have essentially banned abortions in their community.

Mineral Wells Mayor Christopher Perricone says he proposed making his town a “sanctuary city for the unborn” after the town of Waskom became the first in Texas to do so . But at a meeting Tuesday in Mineral Wells, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Dallas, city leaders voted 5-2 to take no action at the recommendation of the city’s legal staff.

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Leaders of a small town in Texas are abandoning a proposal that would have essentially banned abortions in their community. Pixabay

The Star-Telegram reports that earlier Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sent a letter to Mineral Wells council members warning that its proposal was unconstitutional.

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There are currently no abortion clinics in either Waskom or Mineral Wells, so the measures are largely symbolic. (VOA)