Lennon Death

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JohnJLeimofl. P_fi.a_dAt40 Former Beatle Shot To Death NEW YORK (UP!) Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death Monday night by a smirking young man who had apparently been stalking him for days and had asked for Lennon's autograph a few hours earlier, police said. The suspect was identified today as Mark David Chapman, Chapman, 25, of Honolulu. Chief of Detectives James Sullivan said Chapman was "a wacko." Lennon, 40, was shot five times in front of his home, the Dakota cooperative apartments apartments on Central Park, as he stepped out his limousine after a recording session late Monday. His wife, Yoko Ono, was with him but was not hurt. Chapman, police said, was waiting in the courtyard, where the Dakota permitted fans of the ex-Beatle and other — which features on its cover a like during the four weeks of the contest. In order to qualify to win, customers must bring their coupo'rils) to one of the approximately 45 participating participating downtown stores. Remember, you can't win unless you submit a coupon and this is the last week in which to submit those coupons. Winners of the fourth week picture of Lennon and Miss drawing will be announced in Ono in front of the Dakota. The Daily News next Tuesday. Police, not waiting for an The final drawing for the ambulance after the shooting, shopping spree itself wfll be carried the dying Lertnon to a held squad car and, with his wife at Dec. his side, raced to Roosevelt Hospital. "Tell me it isn't true," Miss Ono screamed as the police car sped to the hospital, a police officer said. "Tell me residents to car, ap- out, celebrity congregate. As Lennon left his police said Chapman proached him, calling "Mr. Lennon?" He drew a .38- caliber gun from his coat, crouched down in a combat stance and fired five times, they said. Lennon staggered about six steps to a small guard's office at the entrance of the building. "I'm shot,", he moaned, and fell facedown. While the doormen summoned summoned police and doctors, witnesses said, Chapman waited calmly. They said he dropped his gun, which a guard kicked aside and saved for police. "Do you know what you just did?" the Doorman asked Chapman. "I just shot John Lennon," the gunman said. Born in the back streets of Liverpool, England, of a porter who abandoned his family, Lennon rose to become one of the most influential influential rock musicians of the '60s, known the world over. His last album with the Beatles was "Abbey Road" in 1969. A witness to the shooting, Sean Strub, said the gunman had "almost a smirk on his face." Chapman had reportedly arrived in New York about a week ago, and had been seen hanging around the Dakota, a traditional pilgrimage stop for all Beatles fans in the city. Monday afternoon, police said, Chapman got Lennon to autograph a copy of his latest album, "Double Fantasy," he's all right." James Moran, an officer in the car, said the singer was bleeding badly from the chest. "Are you John Lennon?" he asked over and over. But Lennon only mumbled and moaned. He was dead by the time he arrived at Roosevelt Hospital. A hospital spokesman said Lennon suffered seven wounds to the chest, head and arm. "It was impossible to resuscitate him," the spokesman said. Last year, the Lennons donated $1,000 to help outfit city police with bulletproof vests. As news of Lennon's death spread, radio stations across the country were beseiged by calls from fans, asking if the news was true. Outside the Dakota, a crowd of .more than 500 filled the street, holding up lighted matches and swaying as they held a spontaneous wake. "All we are saying," they sang, "is give peace a chance." chance." Yoko Ono, in a statement issued by David Geffen, a record producer and friend of the couple, said, "John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him." With Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and George Harrison, Lennon, a rhythm guitarist, transformed rock 'n' roll, selling more than 250 million records and convincing convincing a generation of teenagers teenagers to grow their hair long. He and McCartney together wrote more hit songs than any composer in modern history. Lennon, never one,to avoid controversy, once even said the mop-haired foursome was "more popular than Jesus." The Beatles were honored by Queen Elizabeth at a glittering Buckingham Palace ceremony in which she presented "The Fab Four" with the Order of the British Empire for their contribution to British music and the boost their records gave to the country's exports. at 1 p.m. Wednesday, 17, at the community Christmas tree and the winner will be announced on the area's radio stations at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Following is a list of the weekly winners in the third week of the contest: Huntingdon TV Cable Co. 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Clipped from The Daily News09 Dec 1980, TuePage 5

The Daily News (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania)09 Dec 1980, TuePage 5
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