AFFRAY, criminal law. The fighting of two or more persons, in some public
place, to the terror of the people.
2. To constitute this offence there must be, 1st, a fighting; 2d, the
fighting must be between two or more persons; 3d, it must be in some public
place ; 4th, it must be to the terror of the people.
3. It differs from a riot, it not being premeditated; for if any
persons meet together upon any lawful or innocent occasion, and happen on a
sudden to engage in fighting, they are not guilty of a riot but an affray
only; and in that case none are guilty except those actually engaged in it.
Hawk. b. 1, c. 65, s. 3 ; 4 Bl. Com. 146; 1 Russell, 271.