President Reagan Survives Attempt On Life 40 Years Ago Today


It was forty years ago today an attempt on the life of President Ronald Reagan played out. The President had just concluded a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton when he, Press Secretary James Brady, Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy and Washington Police officer Thomas Delahanty were shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr.

President Reagan was just 70 days into his first term in office when Hinckley unsuccessfully tried to take his life while wounding the others. Hickley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and ultimately released from in-patient care in 2016.

A local man was involved in helping subdue Hinckley following the shooting. 68-year old Al Antenucci, of Garfield Heights, helped tackle the gunman moments after the gunfire rang out. Sadly, Antenucci died in 1984.

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