Doc Holliday’s First Killing?

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Illustration of Doc Holliday by Bob Boze Bell

On July 19, 1879 in Las Vegas, New Mexico a drunk Mike Gordon—either because of a problem with a girl or bad luck at the gaming tables—started randomly firing his gun outside a dance hall.

Somebody—maybe several somebodies—joined in the shooting.  After things calmed down, Gordon was found injured; he died a few hours later.  Legend says that Doc Holliday was the man who took out Gordon, in what would be the dentist’s first killing.  There’s no evidence of that.  And a coroner called it a justifiable homicide by a person unknown.

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