Jack McCall didn’t totally surprise Wild Bill.
The legend says that Jack McCall came up from behind an unaware Wild Bill Hickok (photo) and shot him the back of the head on August 2, 1876. But that’s not exactly correct. Hickok did have a view of the front and back doors at the Number 10 Saloon. McCall came in the front, walked behind Hickok and continued to the back door. Hickok wasn’t alarmed by that. And then McCall came in from the back door, walked up behind Wild Bill and fired the fatal shot.