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Witness to Wallace Assassination Attempt Speaks

Jack Ingram witnessed the assassination attempt on George Wallace's life first-hand. Jack Ingram witnessed the assassination attempt on George Wallace's life first-hand.

The man who shot and paralyzed Alabama Governor George Wallace is now a free man.

Arthur Bremer walked out of a Maryland prison just before sunrise Friday morning.

The shooting happened while Wallace was campaigning in Laurel, Maryland in 1972.

Jack Ingram was one of hundreds who came to hear Wallace speak that day.

Little did he know he would find himself in the middle of history.

"I was there early and so it was like I had a ring-side seat," Ingram recalls.

Wallace had just finished his speech and was turning to leave when Ingram says Arthur Bremer began shouting at Wallace to shake some hands.

"The crowd kinda got into it, so he [Wallace] took his coat off and started shaking hands."

As Wallace went to shake Bremer's hand Ingram says Bremer began firing.

"I heard a pop-pop-pop sound and I though Wallace was dead..."

Three others were shot including a body guard, US. Secret Service agent and a spectator.

Ingram says the crowd jumped on Wallace, "If the crowd had not jumped on him Wallace probably would have been shot five or six times."

Ingram has kept newspaper articles and a Wallace campaign button.

He often drives by the place where the shooting happened and he can't help think about that day.

"It changed history, for sure," he says. 

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said under the conditions of Bremer's release he must stay away from any elected official or current candidate and he must also under-go mental health evaluation and treatment.

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