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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 310« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of D. V. Harkness)

Mr. Harkness.
was hitting the ground, and someone led us to indicate that the shots were coming into the cars.
Mr. Belin.
You mean from some point in front of the cars?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes.
Mr. Belin.
Do you know who that someone was?
Mr. Harkness.
No, sir.
Mr. Belin.
What did that person do that indicated that?
Mr. Harkness.
I don't remember.
Mr. Belin.
Then what did you

Mr. HARKNESS. I went down to Industrial to see if I could see anyone fleeing that area.
Mr. Belin.
What did you see?
Mr. HARKNESS. I didn't see anyone, so I come back to the front of the Book Depository and went around to this fence that was across the street from Elm Street.
Mr. Belin.
What do you mean across the street from Elm Street?
Mr. Harkness.
Again, I will have to--near the railroad track.
Mr. Belin.
Behind the building?
Mr. Harkness.
No, sir; this area right here. See, Elm Street goes down.
Mr. Belin.
What you are really saying---
Mr. Harkness.
This area.
Mr. BELIN. You are pointing to a place between what would be the extension of Elm that doesn't go down into the parkway but the actual extension of Elm?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes; to the plaza area.
Mr. Belin.
The plaza area?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
What did you find there?

Mr. HARKNESS. I found a little colored boy, Amos Euins, who told me he saw the shots come from that building.
Mr. BELIN. Now you just picked out a little small book, one of those little pocket notebooks?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Or a notepad from your pocket here. Is that the original notation that you made?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
When did you make that notation?
Mr. Harkness.
Immediately after the shooting.
Mr. BELIN. Is that your own record that you have kept in your possession since then?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir. I turned
Mr. Belin.
You turned what?
Mr. HARKNESS. After I took his name and address and put this information on the radio, I then took him on the back of my three-wheel motorcycle and put him in Inspector Sawyer's car.
Mr. BELIN. Now you mentioned that you put something on the radio here, and I hand you here what has been marked as Sawyer Deposition Exhibit A. Before doing that, do you remember what call number you used, you were using on that day?
Mr. Harkness.
I believe 260.
Mr. Belin.
Well, I notice here that there is a call with a notation at 12:36 p.m., 260 to 531. 531 is your office in the main station?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
What does it say there on that transcript?

Mr. HARKNESS. "Witness says shots came from fifth floor, Texas Book Depository store at Houston and Elm. I have him with me now and we are sealing off the building."
Mr. Belin.
All right, that was at 12:36 p.m.?
Mr. Harkness.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
Had the building been sealed off at that time?

Mr. HARKNESS. Not to my knowledge. There were several officers around it, but I don't know whether it had been sealed off or not.
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