Attempted Assassination of a President | How It Was: Shooting of Ronald Reagan
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Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt | Man Responsible Released
Reagan assassination attempt
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C., as they were leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Hinckley's motivation for the attack was to impress actress Jodie Foster, who had played the role of a child prostitute in the 1976 film Taxi Driver. After seeing the film, Hinckley had developed an obsession with Foster.
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