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Secret Service: Reagan shooter Hinckley is behaving normally

April 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- The man who shot U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981 behaves normally in forays outside of the mental hospital where he is treated, the Secret Service says.

The movements of John Hinckley Jr. are described in detail by agents in recently released court documents, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Hinckley is currently allowed outside of St. Elizabeth's Hospital for 10 days at a time. The documents were released by his attorneys in an attempt to increase that time.

The documents reveal Hinckley, 57, eats at Wendy's and shops at Walmart during visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va. At his mom's he helps out with chores, plays guitar and makes art.

The observations by the Secret Service are detailed, even noting whether he buys dry or canned cat food.

The reports note transgressions for which Hinckley has been punished, such as reading books on presidential assassinations.

Hinckley shot then-President Reagan and three other men in an attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982.

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