As President Garfield entered the waiting room of the station Guiteau stepped forward and pulled the trigger from behind at point-blank range.
"My God, what is that?" Garfield cried out, flinging up his arms.
Guiteau fired again and Garfield collapsed. One bullet grazed Garfield's shoulder; the other lodged in his spine in the first lumbar vertebra but missing the spinal cord.
Guiteau put his pistol back in his pocket and turned to leave the station for the cab he still had waiting outside, but he was apprehended before he could leave by policeman Patrick Kearney, who was so excited at having arrested the man who shot the president that he neglected to take Guiteau's gun from him until after their arrival at the police station.
The rapidly gathering crowd screamed "Lynch him!" but Kearney took Guiteau to the police station a few blocks away.
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