‘Oswald has been shot’

James Robert "Jim" Leavelle, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby, Dallas City Jail, November 24, 1963

James Robert “Jim” Leavelle, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby, Dallas City Jail, November 24, 1963

Reporter Ike Pappas, 11:21 a.m. “Now the prisoner, wearing a black sweater, he’s changed from his T-shirt, is being moved out toward an armored car. Being led out by Captain Fritz. [Car horn sounds.] There’s the prisoner. Do you have anything to say in your defense? [Ruby steps out of the crowd and fires into Oswald.]

“There’s a shot! Oswald has been shot! Oswald has been shot! A shot rang out. Mass confusion here, all the doors have been locked. Holy mackerel!”

Ike Pappas

Ike Pappas

Witnessed by millions of viewers, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald was the first murder ever broadcast live on television.

Ike Pappas, then a 30-year-old reporter for WNEW Radio in New York, was a few feet from Oswald when he was shot in the basement of Dallas police headquarters. The following year Pappas joined CBS News, where he worked as a correspondent until he was laid off in 1987. He died in 2008.

The Pulitzer Prize winning photo was taken by Bob Jackson, then a 29-year-old staff photographer for the Dallas Times Herald. He retired after a career with newspapers in Texas and Colorado and now lives in Manitou Springs, Colo.