Weekly Mississippi Pilot, Oct 16, 1875

Weekly Mississippi Pilot, Oct 16, 1875

HORRIBLE MURDER IN VICKSBURG.

Three Colored Men the Victims.

From the Vicksburg Herald, Oct. 14.

The inhabitants of Vicksburg were never more deeply shocked than yesterday morning, when the announcement was made that three negroes had been shot on Tuesday night – one killed outright; one wounded mortally, and the other painfully, but not seriously. People gathered upon Washington street to discuss the precariousness of life and the safety and rights of law-abiding citizens. There was a universal condemnation of the bloody acts, and a determination to carry out the law without fear, favor or affection, when sworn on the Holy Evangelists of the Almighty God, to render true verdicts. The first shooting took place in front of the house of Calvin Gibbs, on Cherry street, near the bayou. Gibbs, I. D. Shadd and C. C. Hickman, we are told were standing near the house of Gibbs; three men approached and Shadd called off, when they commenced firing on the remaining negroes. Calvin Gibbs received one ball in the thumb, another in the lower part of the abdomen, the ball passing transversely across and coming out of the thigh; he also received a ball in the calf of his right leg. His wounds are not serious. Hickman was shot in the lower part of the left shoulder-blade; the second shot entered about the middle of the back, injuring the spinel and producing paralysis in his lower extremities. His condition was somewhat better last night but very little hope is entertained of his recovery. He made a statement yesterday in writing, before the Mayor and others, which is to be made his death account of the tragedy.

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