Comment: Who Shot First?

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Who Shot First?

There is a big debate over who shot 1st. I have read many accounts from participants and witnesses and they all contradict one another.

It seems during the showdown neither the British nor the minutemen shot first. Some instigators shot from the meeting house, causing both sides to begin shooting.

A similar event occured much earlier during the Boston Massacre when instigators snuck behind the English and shouted false orders to shoot (as exposed in court by John Adams).