Shooting among Freedmen

January 10, 1866


Black on black crime begins to emerge in the city of Richmond.


Samuel Sims, a negro, was before Judge McEntee yesterday, charged with shooting Wallace Shelton, another individual of his own color. Sims plead guilty to the act, but with no evil intent, and the following evidence was elicited: Shelton, a driver for the Spotswood Hotel, deposed that he met the prisoner, who holds the responsible position of porter for the Gilmor House, on Broad street, drunk. He dropped his hat, which witness picked up and handed to him. As prisoner took it, he cocked his pistol and fired, striking witness in the hand and breaking some of the bones. Had no previous difficulty with Sims. Witness did not think he intended to injure him. Charles Carter, negro, corroborated the above testimony. Thought the shot accidental. Judge McEntee sentenced the prisoner to six months' imprisonment in Castle Thunder, as a punishment for drunkenness and carrying concealed weapons.
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