The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770. A squad of British soldiers, come to support a gaurd who was being pressed by a protest, snowballing crowd, let loose a volley of shots. Three persons were killed immediately and two died later of their wounds; among the victims was Crispus Attucks, a man of black or Indian parentage. The British officer in charge, Capt. Thomas Preston, was arrested for manslaughter, along with eight of his men.