How did the Boston massacre start?
The colonists had started to riot at Boston and were throwing
snowballs that had ice and rocks in them at the redcoats. A redcoat
got hit with a snowball and thought his leader said fire instead of
don't fire. Then after the one redcoat shot, the riot advanced and
the redcoats got scared and killed innocent lives.
The Patriots were indeed throwing snowballs with ice and rocks
at the British soldiers. A British officer called Captain Thomas
Preston called in additional troops when about 50 Patriots attacked
a sentinel. The British were scared and three of them fired into
the crowd killing 3 Patriots and wounding 8 others. John Adams
(future US president) and Josiah Quincy defended the British
actions in court.