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Why was Lennon shot???

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On the morning of 8th December 1980, photographer Annie Leibovitz went to Ono Yoko and John Lennon's apartment to do a photo shoot for Rolling Stone. After the photo shoot Lennon gave his last interview to DJ Dave Sholin of San Francisco. At 5:00 p.m., Lennon and Ono went to “Record Plant Studio” to record the song "Walking on Thin Ice".

As Lennon and Ono came out of their apartment, they were approached by several fans asking for Lennon’s autograph. Among them was a man Mark David Chapman, a 25-year-old hospital worker from Honolulu, Hawaii, who had come before to New York to kill Lennon in November but changed his mind and returned home.

Chapman silently gave a copy of “Double Fantasy” to Lennon for autograph. Lennon politely asked him, "Is this all you want?" Chapman nodded in agreement. Photographer and Lennon fan Paul Goresh took a photo of that moment.

After completing the record, Lennon returned to “Dakota” at 10:50 p.m. Jose Perdomo, Dakota's doorman and a cab driver saw Chapman standing in the shadows of the doisters. Ono walked ahead of Lennon and reached into the reception area. As Lennon passed by, Chapman fired five “hollow-point bullets” at Lennon from a license Arms 38 special revolver.

One shot missed and hit a window. However, two hit Lennon in the left side of his back and two more went through his left shoulder. All four bullets caused severe gunshot wounds, with at least one of them shooting Lennon's vein.

Lennon walked five steps to the reception area, said, "I'm shot," and collapsed. Gatekeeper, Jay Hastings covered Lennon with his uniform and called the police. Outside, doorman Perdomo took the gun from Chapman and kicked it across the sidewalk. Without delay, officers Bill Gamble and James Moran took Lennon to “Roosevelt Hospital”.

Dr. Stephan Lynn carried Lennon in the emergency room and along with other doctors worked for 20 minutes. Lennon was declared dead after arrival in the emergency room at 11:15 p.m. by Dr. Lynn. Lennon died because of “Hypovolemic shock”, caused by the loss of more than 80% of blood.

Ono was taken to Hospital but she led away in shock. The following day, Ono issued a statement: "There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him.-Love, Yoko and Sean.” The reason for killing is still not known.

By FW Editor

Tags: musician, 1980, revolver

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 20 April '10

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