Beginning of a biker war? Local author predicts retaliation from gangs

Texas Police are not identifying the five biker gangs involved in the deadly Waco shootings, but video from the scene showed some wearing patches of biker gangs like the Scimitars, Cossacks, and Bandidos.

An award-winning, true crime author from the valley says this could be the beginning of a huge biker war. She says the public and law enforcement should be concerned with the shooting, which happened in broad daylight, with the police present.

She says it is a bold move by these gangs that typically fly under the radar.

"It's really just the beginning of an all out biker war; you're going to see retaliatory gangs coming forth," said Kerrie Droban.

Droban has been studying motorcycle gangs for eight years. She's written three non-fiction books about them, talking with everyone from law enforcement who have infiltrated the gangs, to the son of a biker gang President.

She believes the Texas shooting is all about gaining territory.

"What's really troubling about it was a long-standing feud between the Cossacks and Bandidos. The Bandidos originated out of Texas, the Cossacks were there to try to gain control over the territory and by so doing, really gain control of the drug trade that is really their economy," said Droban.

She said the Cossacks are backed by the Hells Angels, and the public should be concerned.

"The Hells Angels rule arizona, the Hells Angels being a rival group to the Bandidos. I think they should be concerned, like I said it is the beginning of a huge biker war," she said.

Droban said law enforcement nationwide will likely be on high alert. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Hells Angels and Bandidos are among five outlaw motorcycle gangs who pose a serious national domestic threat, whose members engage in violent crime, weapons, and drug trafficking.

"That's the problem, I think a lot of the public is naive, they think the biker gangs are harmless, they think they're out there promoting charitable organizations, fundraising. They're not, they're organized criminals, they are gangers, they are the mafia on wheels," said Droban.

The DOJ said the Hells Angels and Bandidos have chapters internationally as well. FOX 10 reached out to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the agency replied saying "We monitor all nationwide alerts from law enforcement."

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