June 23, 2014

One Killed, Three Wounded in Gunfight at Public Sale, 1921



[February 28, 1921] -


(By Associated Press)
Somerset, Ky., Feb. 28-- A telephone message from Burnetta, in the western part of the county, says in a fight at a public sale near that place Saturday between Virgil Wood and James Pierce, that Pierce was shot and killed.  Hugh Pierce was shot in the back of the neck as he was stooping over his brother James.  Grover Pierce, another brother, rushed into the scene and he was shot in an arm.  Wright Wood was shot through the nose.  The three wounded men will probably recover.  Ill feeling is said to have existed between Wood and Jas. Pierce for some time. [1] 


[March 1, 1921] -


Brothers Enter Pulaski County Shooting Affray--Grand Jury Will Investigate

[Special to The Herald]

SOMERSET, Ky., Feb. 28.-- One man was killed and three seriously wounded in a shooting affray at a public sale near Burnetta, in the western part of Pulaski county, according to telephone reports from there.  James Pierce was shot and instantly killed by Virgil Wood, following an argument, said to have been caused by an old grudge.

Hugh Pierce, the dead man's brother, ran to pick him up, and was shot in the neck by Wood.  Grover Pierce, a third brother, entered the conflict, and in the affray he was shot in the arm and Wood in the nose.  It is thought all three will recover.

James Pierce had a pistol in his hand when he fell fatally wounded.

As the grand jury is in session here now the three wounded men probably will be presented before this body as soon as they recover sufficiently to be brought to Somerset.  All are well known farmers.  The dead man was formerly a merchant, and at one time engaged in revenue service. [2]


[March 4, 1921] -

Shooting In Western Part of County Results In One Death and Three Wounded.  A general shooting affray in the western part of the county near Burnette last Saturday resulted in the death of one and the wounding of three.  It is said that an old grudge of years standing was the cause.  It is alleged that Bird Woods shot James Pierce, killing him instantly and that Hugh Pierce, a brother, was also shot by Woods as he was attempting to raise his dead brother up.  At this time, Grover Pierce, another brother, rushed in and shot Woods, it is said, and he was also wounded by a shot from Woods.  None of the wounded are in a serious condition.  The whole affair is very unfortunate.  The parties involved are all farmers in the west end. [3]


[1] "Free-For-All Fight At Pulaski Sale." Richmond Daily Register, Richmond, KY. February 28, 1921. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069168/1921-02-28/ed-1/seq-1/

[2] "One Killed, Three Wounded in Fight." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. March 1, 1921. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.

[3] "Shooting In Western Part of County Results In One Death and Three Wounded." Somerset Journal, Somerset, KY. March 4, 1921. Retrieved from: http://files.usgwarchives.net/ky/pulaski/newspapers/sj3_4_1921.txt


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