The Shooting of Black Sam

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – September 4, 1882

In the Essex Market Police Court, New York, this morning, William McCullen, who shot Viro Small, a colored pugilist in Owney Geoghegan’s saloon, known as Black Sam, was brought to the bar, and Justice Smith hold him to await the result of the colored man’s injuries.  Detective Boyer, of the Tenth Precinct, had the prisoner, who is also a boxer, in custody, and produced a certificate from House Surgeon Vanderpool, of the New York Hospital, which states that the patient is in good condition generally, though the wound is considered dangerous.  The bullet, which entered at the neck, cannot be reached.

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