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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The Blair House Shootout
Considered the “boldest attempt at home invasion in modern history,” this was an assassination attempt on the life of then-US President Harry S. Truman on November 1, 1950. Two Puerto Rican nationalists, Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo entered the Blair House armed only with a handgun each. They opened fire on the guards of the Blair House for 40 seconds when President Truman was wakened from his nap in the upstairs bedroom. Collazo, who sustained gun wounds recovered and was taken to prison, while Torresola succumbed to his wounds after being shot point blank in the head.
Lokhandwala Complex Shootout
The gun battle that took place on November 16, 1991 at the Lokhandwala Complex in Bombay was between seven gangsters led by Maya Dolas and the members of the Mumbai police. The four-hour long shootout was all caught on video tape and conducted in full view of the public, which concluded with the death of all the seven gangsters including Maya Dolas.
The FBI Miami Shootout
The most astounding feat of physical stamina in history occurred in a fight that lasted for 4 minutes between FBI agents and two career robbers, William Matix and Michael Platt on April 11, 1986 in Miami, Florida. Matix, an ex-Army MP, and Platt, an ex-Army Special Forces, were armed with a Ruger Mini-14 5.56mm, two S&W .357 magnums and a shotgun, but were outnumbered by the FBI agents 4 to 1. However, they still outgunned the FBIs who were firing 9mms. The shootout saw 145 shots fired that killed 2 agents and the 2 suspects, where Matix was shot 6 times while Platt sustained 12 gunshot wounds.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
The most famous gunfight in the history of the American Old West happened on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona Territory between the outlaw Cowboys Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and his brother Frank against the opposing lawmen Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt Earp. It lasted for 30 seconds and only Wyatt Earp came out unscathed although the parties were standing only 6 feet apart.
The Austin Tower Sniper
One of the most indelible mass shooting in US history occurred on August 1, 1966 when Charles Whitman, an ex-Marine who had qualified as a sharpshooter, barricaded himself in the Tower on the University of Texas in Austin. For 96 minutes, he opened fire on innocent bystanders after killing his mother and wife and three others on his way to the Tower stairs. Armed with a scoped Remington 6mm deer rifle, a sawn-off 12-ga pump shotgun and a 9mm Luger he indiscriminately killed 11 civilians and injured 32 more, including a pregnant woman whom he shot in the stomach in a deliberate attempt to kill the fetus. It was later found out that Whitman had a brain tumor which may have cause him to snap.