INTRODUCTION: U.S. President Ronald was shot and wounded on Monday (30 March) in an assassination attempt and immediately taken into hospital to have a bullet removed from his left lung.
SV Reagan comes out of hotel as gunshots ring out Reagan pushed into car
SV Bodyguards seizing gunman and pinning him to ground, as injured lie on ground
SV Brady lying on ground as guards tend to him and others injured PAN TO gunman pinned to wall
SV SLOW MOTION REPLAY Reagan coming out of hotel and being shot
SV Injured being tended to
SV Gunman being taken away
CU Gen. Haig speaking
EUROVISION SATELLITE TELERECORDING
VISNEWS REGRETS THE LACK OF SOUND ON THIS ITEM WHICH WAS DUE TO LAST MINUTE UNAVOIDABLE PROBLEMS.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: U.S. President Ronald was shot and wounded on Monday (30 March) in an assassination attempt and immediately taken into hospital to have a bullet removed from his left lung. The seventy-year-old President is said to have been in a stable condition before the operation began. Secretary of State Alexander Haig broke the news to reporters in a press conference and added that he was in control of the White House pending Vice President George Bush's return from Texas.
SYNOPSIS: The President was on his way out of the Washington Hilton hotel where he had been addressing a trade union conference. The small crowd included his assailant. The President was immediately hustled into his limousine by secret servicemen while spectators dived for cover. Several injured lay on the ground, including President Press Secretary James Brady who was shot in the head. Secret servicemen clustered round the suspected assaillant, later identified as John W. Hinckley, 22 years old from Evergreen, Colorado. No motive for the attack was known but the President's engagement at the Washington Hotel and been widely known in advance. The assaillant had been standing on the sidewalk within just a few feet of the President as he left. As the Presidential limousine sped away it was assumed that the President himself had escaped unhurt. It was only later that it was discovered that he had been shot in the chest. The shooting was the latest in a series of acts of violence which have occurred since the murder of President John Kennedy in Dallas in 1963.
In a slow motion replay of the Reagan shooting, the President can be seen emerging from his meeting, waving to the crowd. His assaillant is just behind him. Six shots were fired and the secret service agent behind the President probably saved his life by pushing him into the car. As other servicemen rushed to tend the injured, the suspected assaillant, John Hickley, was hustled away. Police said the man has no criminal record nor any history of mental instability.
Later in a press conference Secretary of State Alexander Haig told newsmen that the bullet had lodged in the President's left lung. He said that the President had been conscious before entering the operating theatre and was in a stable condition. He went on to explain that he was in control at the White House until Vice President George Bush returned from Texas where he had been on a speaking engagement. He said that he was in constant contact with Mr. Bush who was returning to Washington immediately.