|Photo of the Actual Crime Scene, Valentine's Day, 1929|
|A crowd Gathers Outside The Crime Scene|
Four unknown perpetrators ambushed seven members of Bugsy Moran's mob, lining them up against a brick wall and executing them with Thompson submachine guns and a shotgun. One of the victims, Fred Gusenberg, suffered 14 bullet wounds. Oddly, he was still alive when police arrived. When asked who had committed the massacre, he replied, "Nobody shot me". He died shortly afterward.
No one was ever convicted of the crime. Leading theories blamed Capone's northside gang or possibly elements of Detroit's Purple Gang, which had a relationship with Capone.
The two Thompson submachine guns used in the massacre were recovered in a raid on the bungalow of gangster Fred "Killer" Burke in late 1929. One had a 20-round magazine and the other was fitted with a 50-round drum. Both murder weapons are now in the possession of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department in St Joseph, Michigan.
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