INTRODUCTION: The condition of Pope John Paul the Second, wounded in an assassination attempt on Wednesday (14 May), remained "serious" a day later, according to a medical bulletin.
GV Crowds awaiting Pope's arrival
GV & CU Pope on jeep moving through crowds giving blessings
CU SLOW MOTION SHOT Pope being shot (MUTE FOOTAGE ENDS)
SV Surgeon speaking to journalist in Italian
GV President Pertini leaving hospital and speaking to journalists as he enters car (2 shots)
GV Pertini's car driving away
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The condition of Pope John Paul the Second, wounded in an assassination attempt on Wednesday (14 May), remained "serious" a day later, according to a medical bulletin. The Pope spent a quiet night after a long and delicate operation, but surgeons were still refraining from making any predictions about his condition.
SYNOPSIS: South African tourist Peter Askew was in St, Peter's Square making an amateur film of the Pope's regular weekly appearance. The Pope was welcoming the ten-thousand strong crowd when the shots rang out -- and Askew recorded these extraordinary pictures.
The Pope doubled over in pain as three bullets fired from close range hit him in the left hand, the right arm and lower stomach. Eyewitnesses said his robes were bloodstained as he fell to the floor of his Jeep.
Professor Francesco Crucitti, one of the surgical team at Gemelli hospital, where the Pope was resting in an intensive care unit, told newsmen the Pope had received a transfusion of three litres (more than five pints) of blood during the five-and-a-half hour operation. At one time, his breathing had to be aided with an oxygen mask.
Italian President Sandro Pertini visited the Pontiff three times during the night after the shooting. The Pope had recognised him and thanked him for coming. The man accused of the shooting, 23-year-old Mehmet Ali Agca, is one of Turkey's most wanted men. After he fled a Turkish jail in 1979, he told an Itanbul newspaper the Pope was a "crusader for Western imperialists, who were afraid of Turkey's unity with Islamic countries". The Pope has already said he forgives his assailant.