Who the intended victim was is unknown, but the shooting spree that took place on this date in 1927 was a fine example of the rampant lawlessness which took place in America’s cities during the Dry Era.
At 7:30pm while the lower East Side streets were teeming with people, a large Lincoln sedan pulled up to the curb. Five gunmen leaned out the windows and began blasting away at someone. Men, women and children ran in all directions. Having missed their target with the first volley, the gunmen jumped out onto the running board of the car and continued firing at their target. They eventually gave up and sped away leaving four wounded bystanders, one of whom died, in their wake.