Man convicted in shooting inside Indiana bingo hall

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southwestern Indiana man has been convicted in a January shooting inside a crowded Veterans of Foreign Wars post that wounded one person.

A jury found 71-year-old John Michael Burghardt of Evansville guilty Wednesday on six charges, including two counts of attempted murder. His sentencing is set for a Sept. 4.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Burghardt entered Evansville’s VFW Post 1114 on Jan. 13 as it was packed with people during the post’s weekly bingo game, intending to shoot a man he’d argued with minutes before.

Authorities say Burghardt opened fire with a handgun , wounding one man in the stomach before several other people subdued him.

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Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann says “the events that night could have unfolded very differently” if not for those individuals’ courage.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

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