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9 dead in Texas biker gang shooting

A shooting involving rival biker gangs at a Texas restaurant has left nine people dead and others injured.

Sgt W Patrick Swanton of Waco police said eight people died at the scene of the shooting at Twin Peaks restaurant about noon local time, and another person died at hospital.

He said the fight began with punches and then escalated to knives and firearms. It is not immediately clear if bystanders are among the dead.

The severity of injuries to others was not immediately known.

He said police were aware that gang members were gathering at the restaurant and officers were present when shots began.

Some of the officers fired on bikers as the shooting spilled from the restaurant into a busy car park. Patrons and bystanders were forced to dive for cover.

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