Ever since people figured out how to propel bullets out of enclosed chambers using gun powder the face of armed conflict has been completely different. People no longer needed to be skilled with a bow or sword in order to take a life. They just had to have a functional index finger. For better or for worse (depending on who you ask) guns are not going anywhere and as a result we end up with lists like this one. These are the 25 most insane shootouts in history.
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Wounded Knee Massacre
The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred on December 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota, USA. It was the last battle of the American Indian Wars. On the morning of December 29 American troops entered a Lakota Indian camp to disarm the warriors. One version of events claims that a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle, claiming he had paid a lot for it. A scuffle over Black Coyote’s rifle escalated and a shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry’s opening fire indiscriminately from all sides, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their own fellow troopers. Those few Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking troopers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but U.S. cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed. By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 wounded
The North Hollywood Shootout
Inspired by the epic shootout scene in the 1995 film, ‘Heat,’ Larry Philips and Emil Matasareanu attempted to rob the North Hollywood Bank of America on February 28, 1997. Heavily armed with fully automatic AK-47s, homemade body armor, and Phenobarbital to calm their nerves; they put on their ski masks and entered the bank at 9:17. The shootout between the robbers and the police took 44 minutes wherein 10 officers and 7 civilians were seriously wounded, though the two robbers were killed despite having outgunned the police forces.
Winnenden School Shooting
This tragic event occurred on March 11, 2009, which started at a secondary school, Baden-Württemberg followed by a shootout at a Volkswagen car dealership in nearby Wendlingen. The perpetrator was 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer, who took a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol from his parent’s bedroom. The shooting spree resulted in 16 civilian deaths, including the suicide of the perpetrator.
The Norco Bank Robbery
On May 9, 1980, five armed robbers stormed Norco, a California Security Bank where they took $20,000. However, they were spotted by a teller at a bank across the street and called for help. Armed with assault rifles, handguns, shotguns, pipe bombs, and hollow-point ammunition, they engaged Deputy Glyn Bolasky in a shootout where he sustained injuries on the face, forearms, left elbow and left shoulder. They were also involved in a car chase that destroyed 33 police cruisers and civilian cars, shot down a helicopter, killed another officer and injured two others. The robbers fled with one fatality, while another was killed in a shootout the next day, while the rest were later arrested.
Also known as Bloody Sunday, this was an armed confrontation between local Washington authorities headed by Snohomish County sheriff Donald McRae and 200 vigilantes or ‘citizen deputies’ against the 300 members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union, also known as ‘Wobblies,’ on November 5, 1916. The confrontation happened at the dock of Everett when a single shot was fired followed by 10 minutes of intense gunfire, which resulted in the death of McRae and 2 citizen deputies while injuring about 30 others.