Nevada Appeal at 150: May 4, 1970: Three killed at Kent State

May 4, 1970

Three killed at Kent State

Three persons were killed and at least 12 others wounded by gunfire as Ohio National Guardsmen broke up an unauthorized rally on the Kent State, Ohio, University campus Monday.

The wounded were taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. The hospital reported it had three persons confirmed dead.

Witnesses said the shooting came after guardsmen moved in with tear gas to disperse a rock throwing crowd of 400 to 500 students in the Commons area near Taylor Hall.

Doug Moore, a student photographer, said he saw guards men shooting into the air.

Authorities were reported holding a man who carried news credentials and a gun, but it was not known immediately what, if any, role he had played in the shooting.

Some 800 soldiers used bayonets and tear gas to break up demonstrations Sunday night in the third straight night of antiwar protests.

Sixty two persons, mostly students, were arrested. Two young people were hospitalized and eight other persons treated for less serious injuries.

Officials said at least one student was injured in the back by a bayonet and one Guardsman was hurt by a rock. Police said two girls were arrested carrying knives and one youth was arrested with a rifle and bandolier of ammunition.

Campus newspapers across the country planned to call today for a nationwide student strike to protest American military actions in Cambodia and the recent bombing of North Vietnam.

This continues the Appeal’s review of news stories and headlines during its Sesquicentennial year.


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