30 Years Since The Shooting Of President Reagan
Today marks the 30th anniversary of John Hinckley’s assassination attempt on former President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley shot and wounded Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30th, 1981. Former White House Press Secretary Jim Brady will hold a news conference on Capitol Hill today. Brady was among those wounded during the attack.
Meanwhile, The Secret Service has released an audiotape recorded during the moments just after the shooting. Agents at first thought the President was unhurt and ordered the limo to go to the White House. But when they realized he had been shot they changed course and sped to George Washington University Hospital. Reagan’s code-name was “Rawhide”.
One bullet had lodged in Reagan’s lung and he was much more seriously hurt than anyone realized. Also shot were a police officer, a Secret Service agent and White House Press Secretary James Brady.