Today a federal judge has granted John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, full-time release from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in treatment since the shooting.
CBS News' Paula Reid reports St. Elizabeth's Hospital has a constitutional obligation to transition patients to outpatient care when they are ready. This case is not about the merits of whether an individual should be able to shoot four people, including a sitting U.S. President, and then be able to spend the last third of his life a free man. The hospital believes he is ready for this next step to independent living and is required by law to advocate for his release.
On March 30,1981 a mentally disturbed drifter named John Warnock Hinckley attempted to assassinate then President of the United States Ronald W.Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C..hinckley fired 6 shots in a space of 1.7 seconds at President Reagan as he left a luncheon where he had adressed a crowd representing the AFL-CIO Trade Union from a 22 caliber revolver.One of those bullets richocheted off the side panel of the armored presidential
limosine as Reagn was being pushed into the car by lead Secret Service Agent in charge Jerry Parr and struck Reagan in the side,then lodged in his lung missing his heart and other vital organs by inches.He was rushed to the hospital along with 3 other victims who had also been wounded in the attack while Hinckley who was later found not guilty by reason of insanity was lead away from the scene surrounded by federal agents and police.The 40th President of the United States managed to make a full recovery despite being critically wounded and went on to serve 2 full terms as president.