Gangster Tommy Carroll shooting re-enacted in Waterloo
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
The Waterloo Police Department, in conjunction with the Waterloo Community Playhouse, JSA Development, the Brown Derby, and Main Street Waterloo, hosted "Dillinger's Wheelman in Waterloo" in Waterloo Saturday evening.
The event discussed Tommy Carroll, who was a member of the notorious John Dillinger gang. The gang committed countless armed bank robberies, hostage kidnappings, and murders. In the 1930's Carroll was confronted by two Waterloo Police detectives and shot multiple times.
"Back then there was headlines that said 'Tommy Carroll shot down in hick town America.' I mean we were viewed as a small midwestern city- it wasn't the Chicago Police Department, but for the Waterloo Police Departments officers to capture Tommy Carroll in Waterloo that was big news back then," said Waterloo Director of Public Safety Dan Trelka.
The event featured a screening of the movie "Public Enemies" and a short documentary about Carroll and the Dillinger gang. After the documentary, the Waterloo Community Playhouse actors re-enacted the confrontation of Carroll and the shooting that resulted from the confirmation.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Waterloo Community Playhouse.
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