Shooting Affair At Holyoke

by Laurel | July 31st, 2009

July 31, 1910, page 4
Nobody is Hurt, But Michael Guerino is Arrested After a Chase

Michael Guerino, an Italian, 23 years old, attempted to settle a difference of opinion with a revolver at Holyoke at about 11 o’clock last evening and as a result is now locked in a cell in the police station and will be arraigned before the court to-morrow morning. According to the stories told, Guerino, with three other Italians, was going down Appleton street toward Main. As they reached Bond street they met a party of young fellows, among whom was Fred Leduc of 938 Main street. Just before they met the party the Italians were discussing among themselves and Leduc claims that he called out, “Go it, old sport!” At this Guerino pulled a revolver and ordered the crowd to go on about their business. Leduc told him to put up his gun or he would notify the police, and walked across Appleton street to Railroad street. Guerino followed him, flourishing the revolver, and Leduc stooped to pick up a stone, when Guerino fired at him from only a short distance away. Leduc had no difficulty in learning that the bullet passed close to his head.

Immediately after firing the shot, Guerino ran down Railroad street to Dwight and down Dwight to Race street and along Race to Main. The shot had attracted a crowd and about 12 young fellows chased Guerino. The pursuers got very close to him on Race street and he turned and threatened the leaders with his revolver, after which he started to run again throwing his weapon into the canal nearby. Officer Welsh was coming along his beat and hearing the uproar went to the corner of Main and Race streets just in time to receive Guerino as he rounded the flatiron block. He was taken at once to the station although the crowed that was following wished to lay their hands on him on several different occasions. A search will be made for the revolver this morning, and as the water has been drawn from the canals it is possible it may be fund. Guerino gives his residence as 64 High street. He is employed as a laborer.

Excerpt from The Springfield Republican.

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