Reagan shooter Hinckley to be released

John Hinckley Jr, the man who tried to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan, is to be released from a psychiatric hospital next month after 35 years.

Mr. Reagan and three others were injured in the shooting outside a hotel in Washington in March 1981.

Mr. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity but was sent for treatment to a Washington hospital.

He has already been spending 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Virginia under strict conditions.

A judge ruled that Mr. Hinckley could reside full-time there on “convalescent leave” from August 5.

Restrictions, including a ban on talking to the media, will remain in place.

The shooting, just weeks into Ronald Reagan’s presidency, shocked the world.

Mr. Reagan was shot in the lung, but recovered.

His press secretary James Brady was shot in the head, suffered brain damage and used a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Mr. Brady’s death in 2014 at the age of 73 was ruled to be a homicide.

Two law enforcement officers suffered less serious injuries in the shooting. -BBC

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