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been by his side, it is likely the bullet would have only pierced his upper arm.”10After being forced into the presidential limousine by Jerry Parr who was the head of our Secret Service unit, the limo started to head to the White House but was redirected to the George Washington University Hospital after Reagan started to cough up blood.11Besides the President, there were three others that were wounded by the six shots that John W. Hinckley got off. President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary James S. Brady was shot in the head and immediately6 “1981 – March.”7 Report. Folder “Assassination Report [1 of 4].”8 Ibid. 9 “March.” In Historic Documents of 1981. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1982, 95.10 “Ronald Reagan.” In In the Crosshairs, 2003, 202.11 Reagan, Ronald. An American Life. 1990, 259-260.
4fell to the ground.12Brady’s injury was the most serious of all those wounded that day in the attempt. It would take him most of 1981 to recover from his injuries.13Another person wounded by Hinckley was Secret Service agent, Timothy J. McCarthy. He was shot in the right upper torso as he turned, screening the President with raised arms, toward the sound of the shots.14The other person to be wounded was a District of Columbia policeman named Thomas K. Delahanty. He was shot in the neck.15Brady and McCarthy both were sent to George Washington University Hospital, while Delahanty was sent to the Washington Hospital Center.16All three of these men and the president survived their injuries. One of the other bullets that Hinckley shot off ricocheted off the armored limousine, while the last bullet traveled across the street and passed through a window.17The President’s Condition and RecoveryUpon the President’s first assessment of himself after the shooting, he thought that he hadjust broken his rib since Special Agent Parr had pushed him into the limousine and landed on top of him to shield him from other shots.18After Parr got off him, according to Reagan’s autobiography, in which he states, “I tried to sit up on the edge of the seat and was almost paralyzed by pain. As I was straightening up, I had to cough hard and saw that the palm of my hand was brimming with extremely red, frothy blood.”19At this point, Parr redirected the presidential motorcade to the George Washington University Hospital. “Reagan felt he was smothering and began to panic, going in and out of consciousness. Hinckley’s bullet had 12 Report. Folder “Assassination Report [1 of 4].”13 “March.” 95.14 Report. Folder “Assassination Report [1 of 4].”15 “March.” 95.16 Ibid.17 Report. Folder “Assassination Report [1 of 4].”18 Reagan, Ronald. An American Life. 1990, 259.19 Reagan. An American Life. 259-60.
5ricocheted off the limousine, hit Reagan under the left arm, striking a rib, then penetrated his lung and stopped an inch from his heart.”20When the motorcade reached the hospital, Special Agents Parr and Shaddick helped Reagan through the doors of the emergency room and onto a stretcher, after the President’s kneesbuckled.