Today in History: March 30, Ronald Reagan shot and wounded

On March 30, 1981, former Hollywood actor and U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington D.C. by John Hinckley, Jr.

The assassination attempt occurred as Reagan and his entourage left the Washington Hilton Hotel following a speech he had just given. As he was walking to his car, Hinckley opened fire on Reagan and his entourage, shooting six bullets in a span of two seconds. One of the bullets ricocheted off the car and hit Reagan in the chest, narrowly missing his heart.

Reagan was rushed to George Washington University Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was later declared to be in stable condition. The other victims of the shooting, including Reagan's press secretary James Brady, were also taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries.

Hinckley was arrested at the scene of the shooting and later charged with 13 counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. During his trial, Hinckley was judged not guilty by reason of insanity and was committed to a mental health facility.

The shooting of Ronald Reagan, and the subsequent trial of John Hinckley Jr., shocked the nation and served as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the fragility of our democracy. Reagan recovered from his injuries and went on to serve two terms as President of the United States. He is remembered today as one of the nation's most beloved leaders.