The motorcade was running a few minutes late.
As he was prone to do, Kennedy had twice ordered his limo to stoponce when he saw a man holding a sign inviting the president to shake his hand, and a second time to greet a Catholic nun and a group of schoolchildren.
The dense crowds downtown had also slowed the pace of the motorcade.
The presidents car was crawling at 11 mph past the Texas School Book Depository at precisely 12:30 p.m., the hour the president was due at the Trade Mart.
Rifle shots rang out.
One slug passed through the president's neck, according to the Warren Commission. A second, subsequent, lethal bullet shattered the right side of his skull. Connally was wounded in his back, the right side of his chest, right wrist and left thigh.
Secret Service agents rushed to the limousine.
Jackie Kennedy cried out, "Oh, my God, they have shot my husband. I love you, Jack."
Agent Kellerman, in the presidents car, radioed ahead to Police Chief Curry, who led a high-speed dash to
There was no saving the president, of course. He was declared dead 30 minutes after the shooting. An emergency operation was conducted on Connally; he would survive.
By 2:15 p.m., Kennedys body was in a casket and loaded on Air Force One for the return flight to
But the takeoff was delayed while aides arranged an urgent ceremony to ensure continuity of government.
Federal Judge Sarah Hughes, appointed by Kennedy in 1961 as the first female U.S. District Court judge in
At 2:38 p.m., just before the jet departed for