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THE EXTRAORDINARY SHOOTING OUT- RAGE NEAR WHITCHURCH. ♦ PRISONER COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. The Whitchurch Police Court was crowded to excess on Friday, for the magisterial investi- gation of the circumstances attending the extraordinary shooting outrage near Whit- church. The injured man, John Williams, although looking very ill, and with his arm in a sllng, was able to appear, and the prisoner, Daniel Ankers, was charged with attempted murder. The evidence of Williams, shewed that on the night of the outrage he was return- ing home from Whitchurch, accompanied by a man named Smith and Thomas Ceates, the latter of whom had had some drink. When passing the prisoner's house they were engaged in a conversation about fighting, when the door of the prisoner's house opened and the prisoner's son appeared and challenged the best of them to fight. During the fight between the prisoner's son and Ceates, prisoner came to the wicket gate and said "I'll help you at that game." Going into the house, he shortly re- appeared holding a gun. He came out into the road, and said Stand back, or I'll shoot the lot of you." Witness went towards the prisoner and attempted to seize the barrel, which was pointed at his body, from prisoner's shoulder. He failed to grasp it, and the next moment prisoner fired from a distance of two feet, the charge entering his left arm close to the elbow. He rushed at the prisoner to get hold of the gun, but the latter aimed a blow at his head with the barrel. He jerked his head away, and the blow fell on his left shoulder. Witness then seized the barrel, and struck him on the face, knocking him down. Mrs. Ankers, who at that moment came out of the house, rushed at witness, but he pushed her down. In the struggle which ensued for possession of the gun between prisoner, his wife, and son on the one hand, and witness, Smith, and Ceates on the other, it was broken, I Ceates securing the barrel. Witness was in great pain, and bled profusely, and his com- panions conveyed him to the Cottage Hospital. Smith and Ceates corroborated. Sergeant Morris said that upon going to prisoner's house three hours after the outrage, prisoner denied having any shot in his possession, but on making a search he found a quantity of shot and a packet of powder. Police- ernstable Roberts produced the clothing worn by Williams. The left side of the coat was covered with blood, and the arm of the coat and shirt were shot away completely. He found in the lining of the coat on the left side ten shots, and in the lining of the waistcoat on the same side thirty-eight shots. Around the jagged rent in the coat there were twenty-four small holes, and five similar holes in the waistcoat.-Dr. Gwynn gave evidence to the effect that the wound on the forearm was five inches long by three wide. The skin, fat, and some of the muscle had been cut clean away, and on the surface of the wound there were traces of burnt powder.—The prisoner made a statement, in which he said he had no animosity against Williams and his companions. He was not aware that the gun when he brought it out con- tained shot. He admitted having put in a small quantity of powder, but he only did so to frighten the men. He had been annoyed on Saturday nights by drunken men returning from Whitchurch, and on the night in question he was in bed and asleep when the disturbance arose. Being suddenly aroused, he got up, and hardly knew what he was doing.—Joseph Ankers, prisoner's son, a shoemaker at Brymbo, near Wrexham, said someone knocked his mother down, and when his father saw this he returned to the house and brought out the gun. He could not say whether or not the gun was fired deliberately or during the tussle for possession. Witness himself was badly treated by the men, his ribs being fractured and his head cut open with a cane.—Prisoner was com- mitted for trial at the assizes.

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