The OK Corral gunfight
Step 1 - The fight begins.
Doc Holliday shoots Frank McLaury in the abdomen from less than three feet
away. Morgan fires and hits Billy Clanton in the chest, knocking him backward
against the nearby house. Billy, who was in the process of pulling his gun,
shoots in Virgil's direction. Tom jerks on his horses reins, trying to maneuver
the horse between himself and his aggressors. Virgil stands in disbelief at
all that has happening around him.
Morgan fires and hits Billy Clanton in the hand. Amazingly, Billy still holds
the gun, but slumps down against the house.
Ike's struggle causes Wyatt's pistol to go off, grazing the running Billy Claibourne.
Step 2 - A pause in the action.
Wyatt and Ike still struggle against the side of Fly's Rooming House. Tom
and Frank use their horses as shields. Billy Clanton, is wounded and dazed. Billy
Claibourne vacates the scene. Virgil is still trying to get the Cowboy's to surrender.
Morgan and Doc are looking for clear fields of fire, now obstructed by the Cowboy's
It takes just a few seconds before the fight resumes.
Step 3 - Ike flees.
Ike pushes off from Wyatt and bolts behind Virgil. Doc fires at Frank, who
is now obstructed by his horse, and misses him. Frank continues to turn his horse
around for better protection. Billy begins to switch his gun from his mangled
right hand to his left. Morgan fires two consecutive shots at Frank, missing him
both times. Doc whirls and also shoots two consecutive shots, this time at the
escaping Ike Clanton. Both miss.
Step 4 - The mystery gunman.
Even the Gunfight at the OK Corral would not be complete without a "second
gunman on the grassy knoll." One or two shots were possibly fired from the area
behind Fly's Boarding House known as the Stoop. Who was this mystery man? In the
area were many Clanton allies, including Sheriff Behan, Billy Claibourne, Wesley
Fuller, and Billy Allen.
Many scholars charge Billy Allen with the deed, yet there is little clear evidence.
Wyatt fires a single shot in the direction of the stoop to suppress further firing
from that direction.
In any case, Tom McLaury is able to draw his concealed pistol and shoot over his
horse at Morgan. By now, Virgil gives up on trying to make the Cowboys surrender,
drops Doc's cane, and draws his pistol. Doc, fearful of the position he is now
in, holsters his pistol and draws the shotgun from under his coat. Frank, using
his horse as a shield, circles the fight and waits for a good shot.
Step 5 - Morgan is wounded.
Tom quickly fires again at Morgan, this time successfully toppling Morgan
backwards into the street. Billy Clanton, using his left hand, shoots at Virgil,
missing. Virgil delays in any shooting for another few seconds. Frank has now
completely circled his horse and prepares to shoot.
Wyatt takes a shot at Tom, missing him, but grazes his horse, causing it to bolt.
Step 6 - Virgil is wounded.
Frank's first shot passes through the calf of Virgil, who stumbles and uses
Fly's house as support. Doc blasts Tom, whose horse has bolted, with the shotgun
at point blank range. The shot sends Tom flying down the street.
Virgil returns Frank's shot and misses. Frank shoots under his horses neck, and
Gravely wounded Billy Clanton tries another left handed shot at Virgil but misses
him. Wyatt takes a long shot at Tom, who has just been blown down the street by
Virgil turns to finish off Billy Clanton. Virgil shoots Billy twice, missing once,
while Billy misses both of his shots.
Step 7 - The final shots.
Wyatt, Doc, and the wounded Morgan all line up shots on Frank. Frank's last
words were to Doc: "I have you now."
Doc replies: "You're a good one if you have."
Four guns go off simultaneously. Doc is hit in the hip by Frank, and Morgan shoots
Frank in the head, killing him instantly.
Within an hour, both Tom and Billy die of their wounds.
Step 8 - Conclusion.
Virgil, Morgan, and Doc are wounded, but live to fight another day.
Only Wyatt and Ike survived the fight unscathed.
A picture of Wyatt Earp wearing a Dep. U.S Marshal
A drawing of the gunfight
Can 27 seconds define a man's life?
All these drawings are the work of Mr Bob Boze
Bell. (they are copyright protected)
Wyatt Earp in the mid-1870's
He was Deputy in Wichita at that time.