The Assassination of William McKinley
(Friday, September 6, 1901, 4:07 p.m. ET) — U.S. President William McKinley, 58, was shot (and mortally wounded) today by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y.
McKinley had been shaking hands for approximately ten minutes when Czolgosz’s reached out with “bandaged” hand and pulled the trigger twice. McKinley remained standing while security dragged Czolgosz away.
Eleven minutes after the shooting an ambulance arrived and McKinley was taken to the hospital on the Exposition grounds.
McKinley had been shot twice. One bullet deflected off his ribs, making only a superficial wound.
However, the second bullet hit McKinley in the abdomen, passed completely through his stomach, hit his kidney, damaged his pancreas, and lodged somewhere in the muscles of his back.
The doctors, unable to find the bullet, left it in his body and closed up the wound, hoping McKinley would recover.