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Pope / Assassination Attempt #516714

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 13, 1981
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(Studio) Pope John Paul II, shot in Vatican City today, reported undergoing successful surgery; details given.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Rome, Italy) Assassination attempt examined; films shown. Bystanders from Buffalo, New York, and Jamaica reported wounded in shooting by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca.
REPORTER: Jim Bittermann

(Studio) Agca's background noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) Agca's life and career, include assassin of well-known Turkish newspaper editor, examined; films shown. His past threat to John Paul II recalled. [Turkish journalist Kasim YARGICI - discusses ntlism. as basis of shooting, rather than religious motive; mentions Nazi party] Turkish police said believing Agca was still hiding in Germany.
REPORTER: James Compton

(Studio) Pope's wounds noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) [Dr. Leon MORGANSTERN - discusses types of wounds suffered by pontiff; recuperation period.]
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Ann Odre noted wounded during shooting; her condition mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Bazell, Robert;
Bittermann, Jim;
Chancellor, John;
Compton, James

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