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Gilbert Twigg, Winfield, Kansas

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Gilbert Twigg, Winfield, Kansas

Posted: 1199823086000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1244047353000
Appears in "The Wapanucka Press" 20 August 1903, Wapanucka, Johnston County, Indian Territory, now Oklahoma


Insane Man Fired Into A Crowd At Winfield, Kansas

Eight Killed Outright - Many Injured

A Repeating Shotgun In the Hands of a Crazy Man Creates a Panic at a Band Concert - Assailant Shot by Police

Winfield, Kansas: No more tragical event has ever occurred in the southwest than that which happened here upon the streets during the weekly band concert. The streets were well filled with people and near the band stand a large crowd had gathered when a crazy man appeared with a repeating shotgun and began shooting promiscuously into the assembly. Eight killed outright and twenty-seven seriously injured the result of the insane man's act. The man, Gilbert Twigg, aged thirty, has been insane for a number of years, but at no time has he ever been considered dangerous. The band concert had scarcely begun when without a word or warning, shots in quick succession were fired. The shrieks of the men, women and children were something terrible. Those who had been so unexpectedly shot crying with pain and others who were trying to get away caused a panic. The insane man, exhausting his supply of shells in the magazine, threw the gun down and turned a revolver into the fleeing crowd. The whole affair took only a short time and police, as soon as they realized what was going on and could locate the man, fired at the assailant, who fell, dead.

As soon as the rain of shots had ended, hundreds ran forward to assist the wounded and to pick up the dead, who were strewn upon the street writhing in agony or lying still where they had fallen. Blood was everywhere; the street having the appearance of a slaughter pen. The dead were carried to the several undertaking establishments, while the wounded were taken to the hospital, crowding them to overflowing. All the physicians in the city were summoned and began the work of caring for the wounded. It is estimated that no less than 5,000 were in the gathering.

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