The March 30, 1981 Ronald Reagan he was hit by a bullet at the exit of the Hilton Washington Hotel. Reagan was a little over two months into his presidential term when a deranged, John Hinckley Jr, fired at the new president, puncturing his left lung with a bullet. Reagan was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery. According to the doctors, he was in danger of dying during the operation. He was discharged about ten days later.

Here is the ANSA news of that day taken from the agency’s archives:

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Document: 19810330 04860

ZCZC184 / 01

F EST 01

ATTACK AGAINST REAGAN

(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, MARCH 30 – GUNS WERE Fired TODAY AT PRESIDENT REAGAN WHILE HE WAS LEAVING A WASHINGTON HOTEL BUT THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT HIT. A SPEAKER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED IT NOW.

LU LEO

30-MAR-81 22:00 NNNN ZCZC186 / 01

FIREARM SHOTS AGAINST REAGAN

(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, 30 MAR- REAGAN, APPARENTLY UNCORRECTED, HAS BEEN PUSHED BY THE BODY GUARDS INSIDE HIS OFFICIAL CAR AS SOON AS THE SHOTS HAVE BEEN EARTHED IN FRONT OF THE ENTRANCE OF THE HOTEL. ACCORDING TO A TELEVISION BULLETIN, WHITE HOUSE SPEAKER JAMES BRADY AND TWO PRESIDENTIAL BODY GUARD AGENTS (THE SO-CALLED + SECRET SERVICE +) HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. THE SHOOTER, A WHITE, WOULD HAVE BEEN IMMOBILIZED.

DF 30-MAR-81 22:01 NNNN ZCZC188 / 01

B EST 01 04 FIREARM SHOTS AGAINST REAGAN (2)

(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, MARCH 30 – THE SHOTS WERE Fired TODAY AS PRESIDENT REAGAN WAS LEAVING A WASHINGTON HOTEL. REAGAN WAS NOT HIT, AS THE WHITE HOUSE HAS MADE.

DF 30-MAR-81 22:17 NNNN

ZCZC190 / 01 B EST 01 FIREARM SHOTS AGAINST REAGAN (3)

(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, MARCH 30 – SOURCES OF THE WHITE HOUSE MENTIONED BY TELEVISION HAVE CONFIRMED THAT REAGAN APPEARS SAFE. THE PRESIDENT WAS IN ANY CASE ACCOMPANIED TO A HOSPITAL. THE SHOOTS, AS IT APPEARS FOUR, WERE IN FRONT OF THE + WASHINGTON HILTON + FROM WHOM REAGAN WAS LEAVING AFTER TALKING AT A CONFERENCE BY THE BUILDING UNION BELONGING TO THE AFL-CIO UNION CENTER.

THE SHOTS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN FIRED FROM A DISTANCE OF THREE TO FOUR METERS. LIVE SHOT ON TV CONFIRMED PRESIDENTIAL SPEAKER JAMES BRADY APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN HIT. BOCCONI LAYING ON THE SIDEWALK WAS SEEN ON THE SCREEN, EVEN IF HE WAS SEEN MOVING THE HEAD. TWO OTHER PEOPLE, INCLUDING A SECRET SERVICE AGENT, WERE IMPACTED. THE SHOOTER, A YOUNG WHITE, WAS SEEN AS HE WAS BEING TRANSPORTED BY A GROUP OF AGENTS TOWARDS A POLICE CAR.

DF 30-MAR-81 22:12 NNNN

ZCZC195 / 01 F EST 01 04 23 24 25

REAGAN: HIT

(ANSA) ‘NEW YORK 30 MR – PRESIDENT REAGAN HAS BEEN STRESSED TODAY BY A FIRE SHOT IN THE LEFT CHEST REGION; THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK SAID IT. THE PRESIDENT IS AT THE HOSPITAL AND HIS CONDITIONS ARE STABLE. RAGAN WAS HIT IN THE COURSE OF A ATTACK AT THE EXIT OF THE WASHINGTON HILTON HOTEL. IN THE FIRST TIME IT WAS BELIEVED THAT THE SHOOTER, A WHITE OF UNKNOWN IDENTITY, HAD ONLY HIT THE WHITE HOUSE SPEAKER JIM BRADY AND TWO SECRET SERVICE AGENTS.

BA 30-MAR-81 22:22 NNNN

REAGAN: STRIKE (3)

(ANSA UPI AFP) WASHINGTON MARCH 30- PRESIDENT REGAN HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE CLINIC OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAN CAPITAL AND, AS REFERRED TO, HIS CONDITIONS ARE STATIONARY. A COLLABORATOR OF THE PRESIDENT, LYN NEFZIGER, SAID THAT ” A BULLET IS PENETRATED IN THE LEFT SIDE (OF THE PRESIDENT); ITS CONDITIONS ARE STATIONARY. THE PRESIDENT IS CONSCIOUS AND HIS WIFE IS AT HIS MIDDLE ”. SHORTLY AFTER THE ATTACK THE WHITE HOUSE HAD FIRST ANNOUNCED THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD REMAINED UNLAWFUL. THE ATTACKER SHOOT AT LEAST FIVE OR SIX SHOTS FROM A CLOSE DISTANCE, A FEW METERS, AND ALSO STRIKED AND WOUNDED THE HEAD OF THE OFFICIOS TAMPA OF THE WHITE HOUSE JAMES EDY AT THE HEAD, A SENIOR SERVICE AGENT COLUMBIA DISTRICT POLICE OFFICER. IT WAS IMMOBILIZED BY THE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS.

MON / LOM 30-MAR-81 22:46 NNNN


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