No way was this just another nutty lone gunman;
--Judy Woodruff, reporting for NBC News Special Reports, immediately after the assassination attempt, insisted that at least one shot came from an
overhang over Reagan's limousine. Woodruff later reported that the shot came from a Secret Service agent who was stationed on the overhang, which
one researcher dubbed "the Bushy Knoll." According to this researcher, if a sniper were positioned on the "Bushy Knoll," he would have had a
clear shot at Reagan along the exact angle at which the bullet entered his body.
From the video of the incident and picturesof the shooting
--Reagan's limousine was not parked right in front of the entrance, as it should have been and normally was, but was parked 30 feet further away,
which caused Reagan to be exposed as he walked to the car.
--While the Secret Service extensively screened those attending the president's speech, in a "colossal mistake" the agency allowed an unscreened
group to stand within 15 feet of him, behind a rope line....
Attributed to ex-White House aide and author Barbara Honneger
--White House correspondent Sarah McClendon reported that Reagan's Secret Service retinue wasn't in its "usual tight formation" around Reagan in
front of the Hilton.
--President Reagan said he felt nothing at the time of the shooting, but felt a great amount of pain when his secret service agent jumped on top of
him in the limo a second later, causing him to initially think the agent had broken a rib. Because of this, some have suggested this agent was the
one who fired the near fatal bullet to Reagan's chest. As it was, the armored door of the President's limo stood between Hinckley and his target,
which forced the researchers to conclude the bullet had ricocheted from the door frame, or the roof, into Reagan.
--Though the President's limo took off immediately for the five minute ride to the hospital, and the other three wounded were bundled into ambulances
five minutes later, all the three wounded arrived at George Washington University Hospital 15 minutes before
the President. What happened in
those 20 missing minutes? The Secret Service would only say, "We got lost."