CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 01, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan's lung wound in Monday's assassination attempt said apparently inflicted by ricocheting bullet.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Basis of ricocheting-bullet theory explained; films shown. Defense attorney Vincent Fuller, from firm of Edward Bennett Williams, and government psychiatrists reported interviewing John Hinckley at Quantico, Virginia, Marine base where he's currently being held; probable defense argument mentioned. Hinckley's experiences in DC, with American Nazis in Saint Louis and in New Haven, Connecticut, outlined; photos shown. His obsession with actress Jodie Foster mentioned. Details of scheduled preliminary hearing given.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
(New Haven, Connecticut) Hinckley's stay in New Haven, near Yale Univ., examined; films shown. [Jodie FOSTER - reads statement with regard to letters she received from Hinckley.] Background to her receipt of letters and eventual disposition outlined. [FOSTER - continues statement; recalls her reaction to recing. letters.] Sec. surrounding her at present and questions surrounding officials' response to situation noted.
REPORTER: Liz Trotta
(Denver, Colorado) Hinckley's odyssey, with stopovers in Nashville, Tennessee, and Denver, Colorado, prior to his arrival in DC, said possibly funded through sales of stock in his father's company, Vanderbilt Energy Corp.; details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Jerry Bowen
(Studio) Reagan's and Press Secretary James Brady's progress outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Reagan's condition and activities today discussed; Nancy Reagan's visit and general situation at hospital described. Messages from Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, Leonid Brezhnev and Fidel Castro mentioned arriving. [Hospital visitor Lindsay ZOBENICA - notes President's flowers are being given to other patients.] Brady's progress discussed; deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' assurance of Reagan' s condition quoted.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl