Reagan, one of the oldest ever US presidents (69 years-old when he became president)
had only been in the job for 69 days.
shots were fired by John W. Hinckley, Jr outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington
DC. Hinkley was apparently reenacting Taxi Driver in the belief that by shooting
Reagan he would win the love of Jodie Foster (whom he was obsessed with). Other
people injured were press secretary James Brady (shot in the head), police officer
Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy.
for Reagan, the bullet missed his heart and failed to explode, but punctured a
lung. He was rushed to the George Washington University Hospital where he made
a full recovery.
would be remembered for his humor throughout the incident.
was tried but was found not-guilty by reasons of insanity. He was sent to St.
Elisabeths psychiatric hospital in Washington, DC.