Murder amongst the Irish continued on this date in 1927 when Timothy Looman was walking on the lower Westside and 21 yr oldThomas O’Brien, said to have been a “gun toter” for the Cry Baby gang, (who was the Cry Baby gang you ask? Why the answer to that can be found in Bad Seeds in the Big Apple) approached him from the opposite direction. When the two men were about thirty feet away from each other, each pulled out a gun and began firing in true old west fashion.
Witness’s said up to thirty shots were fired and Looman collapsed on the corner (not unlike Rocky Racoon who collapsed "in the corner" da-da-da..) but before dropping dead he managed to hit O'Brien.
Severely wounded, O’Brien tried to run away but only got as far as the St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, before crumpling to the sidewalk. A Monsignor and a priest (who bore striking resemblences to Pat O'Brien and Spencer Tracy) were the first ones to reach O’Brien and after viewing his wounds, administered the last rights, which was good cause he died the following day.