The Pinkerton agents attempted to disembark, and shots were fired. Conflicting testimony exists as to which side fired the first shot. John T. McCurry, a boatman on the steamboat Little Bill (which had been hired by the Pinkerton Detective Agency to ferry its agents to the steel mill) and one of the men wounded by the strikers, said: "The armed Pinkerton men commenced to climb up the banks. Then the workmen opened fire on the detectives. The men shot first, and not until three of the Pinkerton men had fallen did they respond to the fire. I am willing to take an oath that the workmen fired first, and that the Pinkerton men did not shoot until some of their number had been wounded."  But according to The New York Times , the Pinkertons shot first.  The newspaper reported that the Pinkertons opened fire and wounded William Foy, a worker.  Regardless of which side opened fire first, the first two individuals wounded were Frederick Heinde, captain of the Pinkertons,  and Foy. The Pinkerton agents aboard the barges then fired into the crowd, killing two and wounding 11. The crowd responded in kind, killing two and wounding 12. The firefight continued for about 10 minutes. 
Wee Jimmy recently announced her intention to hold another “once in a lifetime” (non) independence referendum within the next two years. That’s going to be a bit difficult though, given that the Scottish Nazi Party lost its majority in the recent elections, (although, she’s trying to pretend that she HASN’T dropped votes). That’s their own fault, given their insistence on bringing in what is a breathtakingly nannying piece of legislation, known as the children and young people bill. On the face of it, its quite a good idea. It basically guarantees free school meals for children in primary year one to three and a significant increase in nursery provision. However, in a rather sinister twist, it also provides all children with an ‘appointed person’.