Assassination of Malcolm X

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Malcolm X, an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist was killed in Manhattan, New York City on February 21, 1965 at the age 39 by three gunmen.

Malcolm X was preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom, someone yelled "Nigger! Get your hand outta my pocket!" Malcolm X's bodyguards tried to stop the disturbance, a man ran and shot Malcolm in the chest with a sawn off shotgun and two other men fired semi automatic handguns towards Malcolm.

Malcolm X was pronounced dead at 3:30 pm, shortly after arriving at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The autopsy identified 21 gunshot wounds to the chest, left shoulder, arms and legs, including ten buckshot wounds from the initial shotgun blast.