(CNN)Even before the melee that left nine dead began, police were already in place, expecting a ruckus.
What they saw was far more brutal than what they had anticipated.
Rival biker gangs unleashed a hailstorm of bullets outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, leaving nine people dead and at least 17 hospitalized.
“In my nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience, this is the most violent and gruesome scene that I have dealt with,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
By Monday morning, almost 200 people were in the McLellan County Jail facing charges of engaging in organized crime in connection with the shootout, Swanton said. Following his news conference, Swanton told CNN that his initial estimate of 192 arrests may have been too high and the actual number is “in the 170s.”