The shots rang out at nearly the same time, the crowd watching agreed; one witness said he only heard one shot. Davis Tutt was the first to reach for his pistol as he faced James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, but Hickok had the better aim. Tutt exclaimed "boys, I'm killed," after the bullet from Hickok's gun found his ribs. That gunfight in Springfield, Missouri marked the beginning of several legends, that of Wild Bill Hickok himself, and the gunfight duel itself as shown in the movies: enemies with guns facing each other in the middle of town.
Hickok's story retreated further into legend with the fictionalized TV show, "Wild Bill Hickok," which ran from 1951 through 1958.