previous next


Felonious shooting.

--John Wade, charged with shooting and wounding William V. Mott, on the 5th of October, was arraigned before the Mayor yesterday, and the examination proceeded. William V. Mott testified that on the evening of that day, about 7 o'clock, after closing his stall in the First Market, he went over to the establishment kept by Brown, Peasley & Co. for the purpose of buying some oysters. He afterwards went into the adjoining house, where he saw Wm. Peasley and Wm. Jones, who were talking about Wade. The conversation related to the winning of some money from Wade, who was said to be angry about it, but the witness did not pay particular attention to the remarks. On going back to the market, he saw Wade, armed with a rifle, looking towards Peasley's house. He remarked to a companion that he thought he was going to shoot somebody; again went ever to the house, and, on returning, saw Wade raise the rifle, and witness called out ‘"look out, Jones."’ Wade then fired, and shot him (Mott) in the left arm. There had never been any difficulty between Wade and himself, and he had never heard his peaceable disposition questioned.

Other witnesses testified to substantially the same facts, the inference being that Mott was mistaken for another person, or that he received the shot aimed at another. Captain Wilkinson, of the night watch, deposed that he saw Wade, previous to the shooting, standing near the north end of the vegetable market, armed with a gun, and asked what he was doing there. Wade replied that he was just waiting for the boys to come out, and witness thought nothing of the affair, until some one shouted ‘"Captain, that man is going to shoot,"’ and he replied, ‘"seize him, then"’ The gun then went off, and Jones rushed up and caught hold of Wade.

Dr. Jackson, the attending surgeon, gave a description of the wounds, which were indicted with shot; so numerously and deeply seated that he made no effort to extract them. There was no danger of a fatal result unless the patient was imprudent.

Robert Allen testified that on Saturday evening, October 5th, Wade came to his house and borrowed the gun which has been produced in court. He had often borrowed it of him, and he thought nothing strange of the circumstance. Wade was very drunk that evening. He was his neighbor, and witness had regarded him as a peaceable, quiet man.

Both Jones and Mott denied that they ever had any previous difficulty with the prisoner.

The Mayor said that if Wade intended to shoot one man and hit another, it constituted a felony; and he thought the evidence proved that his purpose was to shoot Wm. Jones. The prisoner was thereupon remanded, to be further examined before the Hustings Court in November next.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
John Wade (13)
William V. Mott (5)
William Jones (5)
William Peasley (2)
Wilkinson (1)
Frances Jackson (1)
Brown (1)
Robert Allen (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
May, 10 AD (2)
November (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: