John Lennon was assassinated
on December 8, 1980, as he returned to his
New York apartment from a recording session
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10:49pm the Lennon's limousine pulles up outside
the Dakota and Jose Perdomo the doorman leaves
his post to open the car doors for them. Yoko
gets out first. She is followed closely by her
husband, who is carrying a tape recorder and some
cassettes. As Yoko passes him the killer says
"Hello". Lennon gives the guy a long,
hard look. As John passes him, the man steps back
and pulles a snubnosed .38 revolver from his pocket.
He drops into combat stance, with knees flexed,
arms outstreched and one arm supporting the other
at the wrist and says:
John turnes, the guy fires two shots into him.
They catch him in the back, spinning him round.
Blood already starts spurting from Lennon's wounds
as the assassin takes aim again. He fires three
more shots. Two bullet smashes into John's shoulder,
the other goes astray. There's a crash of shattering
glass as the slugs, that had passed through John's
body smash into the Dakota's glass frontage. Mortally
wounded John staggers up the steps into the Dakota's
front lobby, his face horribly conturted.
shot, I'm shot he moans as he fells to the floor.
John's been shot screams Yoko, who follows her
husband into the hotel.Jay Hastings the security
man reaches under his desk and presses the alarm
button, which summones the police from the nearby
20th Precinct Station. After this, he rushes to
John's side and removes his shattered glasses.
Then he takes off his uniform to cover the victim.He
wants to use his tie as a tourniquet, but can
not decide where to apply it. John is dying, blood
pours from his chest and mouth, his eyes are open
but unfocused, he is gurgling and vomiting blood.
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the terse dispatch that summones New York Police
Officer Tony Palma and his partner Herb Frauenberger
to the scene of the crime. From the sidewalk Palma
sees Hastings and shouts up anxiously: "Is
someone shot in there?" He runs up the steps
with Frauenberger. In Hasting's office they find
a man lying face down with a small woman standing
over him crying. Palma turns the body over. He
sees that the victim is badly injured and tells
his partner: "Grab his legs and let's get
him out of here!" As they lift him, Hastings
hears as John's bones crack. By the time they
lay him in the back of a squad car, John loses
all control over his limbs. As the car takes off,
the driver Officer James Moran yells at John:
"Do you know who you are?". Lennon is
unable to speak, but nods. The car jumps the red
lights on Colombus Avenue, speeds down to 58th
Street and swings into the entrance of Roosevelt
hospital's major trauma team is already alerted.
The rapidly fading John is carried to the emergency
room. He has virtually no pulse. The two bullets
which had hit him on the back had both pierced
a lung and passed through his chest. A third bullet
had shattered his left shoulder bone, and a fourth
had hit the same shoulder and ricocheted inside
his chest, where it severed his aorta and windpipe.
After an unsuccessful attempt at cardiac massage,
a medical team of seven people laboures to save
John using every device and technique available.
Nothing works. The official cause of death is
shock produced by massive haemorrhaging ... he
lost 80% of his blood.
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