After attempting to persuade Seward's servant he had a medical package to deliver, Powell pushed past the servant after being denied, and was confronted by the secrety's son, Frederick, on the third floor. Powell shot at, missed, and pistol whipped Frederick. He fractured the skull and rendered his firearm useless. He also stabbed Augustus, another son, then rushed to sewards room. He attacked seward's body guard, a male nurse, Seward's daughter, the oldest son, and a messenger, when exiting.