The President and First Lady arrived in Dallas earlier that day and joined Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie in an open convertible limosine. The procession also included the Vice President and his wife, who occupied another vehicle. Along the route through Downtown Dallas, thousands of people lined up to get a glimpse of the President. An estimated 150,000-200,000 people were on hand to see the motorcade.
As the car passed the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza, gunfire struck the President in the head and neck area and hit the Governor in the chest. The Governor, a World War II veteran and experienced hunter, would later testify that he recognized the sound of a high powered rifle almost immediately. Secret Service Agent Clint Hill (@clinthill_ss) launched himself onto the back of the limo in an effort to protect the President from further harm.
The motorcade then sped towards Parkland Memorial Hospital, which had been unaware of the car's impending arrival due to a communications issue. On the way to the hospital, the Governor and his wife heard Mrs. Kennedy saying more than once, "They have killed my husband." The trauma staff at the hospital noted that the President's condition was moribund (mortal wound), implying that he had no chance of survival once he arrived.
There has been much speculation regarding the number of shots fired and gunmen involved. An 888 page report issued by the Warren Commission in 1964 concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the President.
Photo by Walt Cisco of the Dallas Morning News, minutes before the assassination. #jfk #jfk100