HOLD RANCHER FOR SHOOTING AT MANDAN MAN
Fred W. Massingham Is Held on $1,000 Bond After Episode Downtown
BULLET MISSED MANY
Shot Fired From Lewis and Clark Hotel Misses Railroad Men In Park
Mandan, July 7.—Fred. W. Massingham, rancher in Morton county many years, was released under $1,000 bond yesterday afternoon and is awaiting charges of shooting with intent to kill Leroy Till, local machinist.
Massingham is alleged to have stood at the Lewis and Clark hotel corner yesterday afternoon and fired one shot across the Northern Pacific park area toward Till who was close to the station platform about 300 feet away. He missed his mark by mere inches, police say.
The bullet glanced from a fence and struck a coach in the Mandan-Mott branch line train made up ready to leave.
The bullet flew directly between two railroad men seated on a truck.
Advances alleged to have been made by Till to Massinghan were to have been recited by the shooter as the cause of the shooting.
Till was uninjured.
The hearing today was set for Saturday, July 14.
The Bismarck Tribune, 7/7/1923
WITNESS IN SHOOTING CASE DISAPPEARS
Mandan, July 25—Trial of Fred Massingham, pioneer rancher, on charges of shooting with intent to kill probably will never be held inasmuch as the complaining witness, Leroy Till, has disappeared and the states attorney is unable to find him. Till was accused of being the third angle of a triangle.
Massingham took a shot at Till across the depot park-way about three weeks ago.
States Attorney Connolly did not indicate that any prosecution would be started under the new revolver law of the 1923 legislature.
The Bismarck Tribune, 7/26/1923