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The Evening Bulletin (KY)
The Evening Bulletin (KY)
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Description: Angered by Music - Three Killed and Many Wounded

Date: August 14 1903

Newspaper published in: Maysville, KY


Page/Column: Page 1, Column 3

Ex-Soldier Fired Into a Crowd With a
Doubled Barreled Shotgun and a Revolver.
Three Men Were Instantly Killed, Three Probably
Fatally Injured, and 20 More Badly Hurt.
He Reloaded and Fired Several Times at the Fleeing Men and
Women—Resisted Arrest and Was Killed By a Policeman.
Winfield, Kans, August 14.—Angered by the music of a band concert, Gilbert Twigg, once a soldier in the Philippines, armed himself Thursday night with a double-barreled shotgun and a revolver and attacked a crowd of 3,000 persons that surrounded the bandstand, killing three men, probably fatally wounding three others and injuring 20 more before he was shot by a policeman. Besides Twigg, the dead are Sterling Rice, Dawson Tillotson and D. Bowman.
The band had just finished playing "Hiawatha" when Twigg came up and fired both barrels of his shotgun at the bandstand. R, E. Oliver, a musician, fell with his back and arms full of shot.
The crowd surged toward Twigg and he, having reloaded his piece, fired two charges into the audience. Men and women fell to the ground in pain, crushing children beneath them. Those who were not injured scattered in every direction but one, knocking many others to the ground. This panic allowed Twigg to reload and fire several times at the fleeing men and women. At last Policeman George Nichols came up and, waiting behind a tree for an opportune moment, confronted Twigg, just as the mad man had discharged his fowling piece. Twigg dropped the shotgun and, drawing a pistol, fired at the policeman. The bullet went wild. Before Twigg had time to fire a second bullet Nichols put a bullet through the man's abdomen. Twigg fell, mortally wounded. He endeavored to fire again at Nichols, but he was so helpless that the bullet entered his own chin, passing out through the top of his head. The frightened fugitives then returned to the bandstand and aided the wounded. Twigg was a miller and the men about town referred to him as "Crazy Twigg," but no one thought him dangerous. He lived in New Mexico for some time before he enlisted as a soldier to fight in the Philippines.

Submitted: 03/22/16

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