Want to find out where Ronald Reagan was shot in Washington D.C.? Keep reading to learn more. Also, contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC for details!
Managing partner, Seann Malloy, is in North West Washington D.C in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, 1901 Connecticut Avenue at the Hilton hotel. This is a famous Washington landmark. Additionally, this Hilton hotel is host to a lot of well known events in the D.C. area. A bit of history about this hotel that is not so well known is that this right here, where this garage is with the valet sign in front of it, is where Ronald Reagan, President Reagan, was shot by Hinckley. He was shot at this exact spot. There were no plaques here. People would walk by, you would walk your dog by and you would never know this is where it happened.
John Hinckley Jr. shot Ronald Reagan here outside of the Hilton Hotel. He was deranged and was trying to impress actress Jody Foster. Moreover, he’d been stalking her with letters for a while and he showed up here as Reagan was leaving to get into his car. During the assassination attempts, 6 shots were fired. Interestingly enough, none of the shots actually hit Reagan directly. One of them hit off the side of the limousine and hit president Reagan right under his arm, puncturing his arm and causing serious injuries. The president’s press secretary, James Brady, was shot in the head and ended up being paralyzed.
There’s some gun control legislation, the Brady bill, which was named after press secretary Brady immediately after the assassination attempt at this spot right here where the garage was. John Hinckley Jr. was wrestled to the ground and disarmed. He was eventually tried for murder. In addition, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity but he was locked up and committed anyway. He was released recently in 2016. As a consequence of the assassination attempt, this non-descript garage was built at the exact spot where Reagan was shot so that vehicles can pull up and visiting dignitary or an important person can get out of their vehicle and enter the Hilton without being exposed to the public.
This is kind of a eager reaction to the assassination attempt. It is unknown if this is still used for that kind of purpose but that’s why it was built. So if you’re staying at the Hilton hotel, you know you’re important if you’re allowed to pull up in this garage and enter through the Reagan walkway. Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC, we appreciate the local history in our area. To learn more about history around the Washington D.C area, click here. Lastly, we are a personal injury law firm who handles cases such as car accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, and social security disability. Call (888) 607-8690 for a free consultation.