John Lennon's Last Day And Death In New York City

It doesn't let it can't be dead, four cops pulled John Lennon out and put him into the back of a police car and his mouth. He was bleeding from his mouth. And he was terrible sight on the morning of December 8th. 1980, John Lennon, did a photo shoot for Rolling Stone Magazine with his wife, Yoko Ono later that afternoon they departed their building where they were greeted by a fan who wanted their autograph Lennon signed the copy of his. Most recent album double fantasy, then John Lennon and his wife came. Here to the record plant to record, Yoko, Ono's, single walking on thin ice, they spent most of the day and evening here.

Just after 10 pm, they got into a car and returned home. It would be the final time. John Lennon would ever step foot inside a record studio.

They stepped out of the limousine, and they went inside the gate there. And then all of a sudden they heard five six shots. And that was it when they returned home later that night the same fan that asked John Lennon for an autograph, pulled. Out a gun and shot him in cold blood in the vestibule of his building.

Mr Chapman came up behind him and called to him. Mr Lennon as he arrived at that doorway. And then in a combat stance, he fired. He emptied the charter arms, 38, caliber gun that he had with him and shot. John Lennon, police responded to the scene right away when they saw the amount of blood coming from Lennon's body. They knew they could not wait for an ambulance.

They took him and put him in the back of a cop car and went directly to. The hospital they also arrested, the shooter mark David Chapman on the scene. Well, it was about 10 30 in the evening, and we were parked my partner. And I uh were parked at the corner of 72nd street and Amsterdam avenue. And we heard an uh, a call come over the air of possible shots fired near the Dakota. We saw a few people standing around everybody kind of frozen.

My partner got out. He ran to one side. And I came around from the other side. And some fellow was coming to me at the same time. And he said to. Me officer be careful somebody's shooting a gun in there they're firing off shots and that's. When I realized that we had the real thing happening.

We didn't see, we didn't see Lenin at that time. And I said to Jose the doorman who I knew, I said, Jose what's going on here. And he pointed in the direction of this fellow with the overcoat on, and he said, he just shot Lennon. So I said to my partner, Steve, I said, Steve, stay with this guy, put him up against. You know, put him up against the wall. I went. Inside and I saw Lennon lying face down on the rug, and he was bleeding profusely I'll let out to steve.

We got a real shooting here, better cuff that guy. He actually, uh was fairly polite. I turned to him. And I said, you know, you just threw your whole damn life away Chapman started talking about a little person inside him and a big person inside him, uh, the big person has been winning the battle up to now. But tonight the little person won the battle. John Lennon was brought to Roosevelt. Hospital which is mount Sinai hospital today hospital staff at the time were notified that they had a gunshot victim that needed immediate attention.

According to doctors, John Lennon was shot, four times in the chest with three of the bullets exiting. His back the first thing I remember that was a little out of the ordinary is, uh, they were. They paged me overhead to the her, which they usually don't do usually they would call your beeper. You'd respond, you know, answer the beeper. They give you the name. Or message, whatever the other thing that was unusual. He did not show up by ambulance.

He showed up by a police car he's in the back of a cop car. Furthermore, he gets put on the stretcher wheeled down the hall, he's wearing his brown leather jacket with a little for a collar. Furthermore, he had blue jeans on track shoes and a and a red t-shirt with oriental print on it opened his chest and started giving internal cardiac massage.

The heart itself was intact, um and the vessels above the heart were what were injured. And we. Worked on them, we didn't know who he was we're just working them. And you get into a rhythm. You start pumping the heart people doing their thing.

And someone starts going through these belongings and is at that point someone said, you know, his driver's license. And I remember seeing a gold American Express card that said, John Lennon and up before that someone said, hey, that looks like John Lennon. And I said, no that's, not John Lennon.

You know, it's like doubting Thomas, it couldn't possibly be Johnson. And and then they brought out his stuff his ID, it is John Lennon and that's. When I had my OMG moment after 30 minutes of trying to save his life, doctors, pronounce, John Lennon, dead by that time, the her director. Dr, Lynn had been called once they found out who it was. John Lennon was brought to the emergency room at the Roosevelt site.

St. Luke's Roosevelt hospital. This evening, shortly before 11 p.m. I mean, it affected me, not the fact that I held his heart in my hands or operating. But the fact that me. Died, I think affected me more than anything else for the next three days.

I couldn't, listen to radio watch TV, read a newspaper. It was all John Lennon and just reminding me of the few nights before and there's a lot of uh, uh, hindsight. Second, guessing, what if he wasn't so severely injured was there anything he could have done, uh more, uh, I think everything was done correctly. Uh, he was in. I said, gravely injured, but it's, still, you still feel somewhat responsible. You still it still gnaws at you.

Know where are certain moments in your life and I, and I obviously have not forgotten this. One Yoko Ono who was inside the hospital was given the sad news by doctors that her husband had passed away. She was then placed in the back of a cop car and given a police escort where she returned home to the Dakota.

But at that point word had gotten out that John Lennon had passed away. And the building was mobbed with fans from all over in 1985, Yoko Ono and then New York city. Mayor.

Ed Koch, dedicated part. Of Central Park to John Lennon's, memory Ono who still lives in the Dakota overlooks, the area known as strawberry fields where she can see fans sing, her husband's songs, lay flowers and celebrate his memory, there's, no telling just what music the world has been deprived of with him. Not being here. It would be nice to see what he would have done at 75. The fact that I'm doing any talking about. This is even more impressive.

Because since what we did was it really it's a fly speck of history. We handled. Criminals every day, but I do think, uh that night that it was a night in history. And I was a part of it. Your own spirit in a way is still alive in people's hearts, you know, and the statements he made the music he made, you know, it's going around the world. So in a way, it's like he's alive, you.