A Secret Service agent brandishes a submachine gun while other agents and police subdue gunman John Hinckley, Jr behind him. Hinckley shot President Reagan in Washington on March 30, 1981 - [1532x1024]

A Secret Service agent brandishes a submachine gun while other agents and police subdue gunman John Hinckley, Jr behind him. Hinckley shot President Reagan in Washington on March 30, 1981 - [1532x1024]

The first bullet hit White House Press Secretary James Brady in the head. The second bullet hit District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty in the back of his neck as he turned to protect Reagan. Hinckley now had a clear shot at the president, but the third bullet overshot him and hit the window of a building across the street. As Special Agent In Charge Jerry Parr quickly pushed Reagan into the limousine, the fourth bullet hit Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy in the abdomen as he spread his body over Reagan to make himself a target. The fifth bullet hit the bullet-resistant glass of the window on the open side door of the limousine. The sixth and final bullet ricocheted off the armored side of the limousine and hit the president in his left underarm, grazing a rib and lodging in his lung, stopping nearly 1 inch (25mm) from his heart. Parr's prompt reaction saved Reagan from being hit in the head.

After the shooting, Alfred Antenucci, a Cleveland, Ohio, labor official who stood nearby Hinckley, was the first to respond. He saw the gun and hit Hinckley in the head, pulling the shooter down to the ground. Within two seconds agent Dennis McCarthy (no relation to agent Timothy McCarthy) dove onto the shooter as others threw him to the ground; intent on protecting Hinckley to avoid what happened to Lee Harvey Oswald, McCarthy had to "strike two citizens" to force them to release him. Agent Robert Wanko (misidentified as "Steve Wanko" in a newspaper report) took an Uzi from a briefcase to cover the President's evacuation and to deter a potential group attack. - From Wikipedia.

Original caption: A secret service agent brandishes a submachine gun while agents and police subdue a gunman behind him after he shot President Ronald Reagan, his press secretary, a policeman and a secret service agent in Washington on March 30, 1981. The policeman lies wounded, foreground, while a White House staff member kneels over James Brady, the press secretary. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

He was killed by Jack Ruby (a civilian) after being apprehended; this prevented an interrogation to determine his motive in the assassination of President Kennedy.

Raw video footage of the assassination attempt

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The weird thing is this picture looks like it came straight from a late 70's action movie. But it actually happened.

You can see the pic being taken. So damn cool.

EDIT: Not the President and others getting shot. That's not cool.

In this photo, over on the right, open on the street, is the attache case where that Uzi was stored.

, over on the right, open on the street, is the attache case where that Uzi was stored.

Another picture Uzi guy is seriously badass.

Uzi guy is seriously badass.

It's amazing how quickly it all happened. Only 2-3 seconds from the first shot til Hinckley is immobilized.

He was shot two days after killing Kennedy. He promptly died, leaving lots of loose ends in the investigation

This is the constant state of being for every Boom.

Also some great backup from Lando Calrissian

yep, sorry for not knowing what you know. I'll try harder next time.

The video is only four minutes long. Ambulance probably took three, that's faster than any other ambulance will get to you.

I remember on the bus home from high school the bus driver had her Sony radio on and at one stop she kept the bus idling for a few minutes instead of pulling away.

"Oh my god! The president been shot!" she exclaimed suddenly. Since I sat in front I was the only one who heard her say that (yes I was a nerd).

At my stop I rushed in and turned the TV on. "Mom, Reagan got shot." So we watched TV for an hour of so as they replayed the video over and over and over analyzing it for any clue.

Eventually, they got some actual info and reported that he was in critical condition, then they got a report he had died, then Alexander Haig had that weird press conference and people got in an uproar that Haig might be staging a coup.

Long story short it was a crazy day. By the time Nightline rolled around they had their facts straighter.

I remember on the bus home from high school the bus driver had her Sony radio on and at one stop she kept the bus idling for a few minutes instead of pulling away. "Oh my god! The president been shot!" she exclaimed suddenly. Since I sat in front I was the only one who heard her say that (yes I was a nerd).

East coast? On the West coast we were in the cafeteria; when it was announced a bunch of students applauded. Reagan was not popular in our working-class community at the time, though the teachers (most of whom were old enough to remember Kennedy and MLK) went ballistic on the kids that clapped.

Top: the photo being taken. Bottom: seconds before, the photographer, getting into position.

Edit: almost being taken. Black secret service guy isn't quite facing the camera just yet.

My apologies.

Edit: almost being taken. Black secret service guy isn't quite facing the camera just yet.

My apologies.

Jim Brady was hit in the head, he survived although he had severe trauma to his brain and had to relearn everything. I believe he was Reagan's press secretary

He didn't actually kill a president.

http://i.imgur.com/szEXCqW.jpg

shot of the secret service agent who used his body as a shield to protect Reagan.

shot of the secret service agent who used his body as a shield to protect Reagan.

Though I'm old enough to have seen this on TV repeatedly, I've never seen this raw footage. Amazing. Sad to see Jim Brady laying there on the ground...

Interesting Factoid:

Hinckley's father, John Hinckley, Sr., the records show, strove mightily to get fellow Texas oilman George H.W. Bush the Republican nomination for president. The Bushes and the Hinckleys were frequent dinner companions.

But far beyond their social connection, neither Bush nor Hinckley wanted Ronald Reagan to become president, because Reagan was opposed to tax breaks for the oil industry to which Bush, Hinckley and other Texans were highly dependent.

The effort to make Bush Sr. president in 1980 failed; but he and his friend and backer Hinckley Sr. got the next best thing – the "heartbeat away from the presidency" office of Vice-President of the United States.

A couple months later, Hinckley Jr. shot Reagan, and Bush Sr. very nearly did become president at that time, after all. Curiously, only one time was it announced on the news about the connections between the Bush and Hinckley families: An almost bewildered John Chancellor on NBC Nightly News reported "the bizarre coincidence" that Vice President Bush's son, Neil, and Scott Hinckley had dinner plans for March 31, 1981 -- now cancelled, of course. [But even Chancellor failed to mention the close friendship between the the assassin's father and Vice President Bush--let alone the rest of the corporate media.]

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I wonder if this would've been so easily swept under the rug if we'd had the Internet in the early 1980s?

.. twist: she was a lesbian

He has really nice shoes.

To this day the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave., where the shooting took place, is referred to by locals as the "Hinckley Hilton".

This video breaks it down.

Pretty amazing how much happens in those 2 seconds. Really shows how well trained these secret service guys are. It's kind of scary how well they just blend in until something like this happens. I'm sure no one would have ever noticed the guy carrying the SMG until he pulled it out.

It's more accurate than a pistol when fired in single shot mode, absolute hell on wheels at close range when firing full auto, and it's small enough you can put it in a briefcase.

What else would they be carrying?

That guy looks like Sgt Taggert. Where's Rosewood?

Which victim is which in this picture?

what happened with lee harvey oswald?

Holy butts, those dudes look like the ultimate buddy cop team up!

Don't worry dude, keep asking questions if you don't know.

Or Google it.

But it's important to find out. Places like historyporn are full of enthusiastic people who love history. It's a enjoyable experience to answer someone's question and it's a educational for you to learn.