After the interview, at around 5 PM, on John & Yoko left the Dakota Apartment Building on their way to the Record Plant Studios on 7th Ave. near Times Square.
As they left their home on 72nd street, John stopped to sign a copy of his latest album; "Double Fantasy". This haunting image was captured by an amateur photographer from New Jersey, who was a Lennon fan. The psychopath he had signed the record for, would later be waiting for him when he got home, to assassinate him.
At the Record Plant Studios, John & Yoko were to continue work on a Yoko Ono song; “Walking On the Thin Ice” in which John played guitar. After the session, John telephoned his son Sean, (who was five years old at the time) & told him he’d be home soon to tuck him in to bed.
John & Yoko arrived back at the Dakota on 72nd St & Central Park West just before 11 PM. They exited their limo on 72nd St. near the buildings main entrance, as opposed to having the car pull into the private courtyard.
John always tried to oblige the fans who waited for long periods of time outside the building to see him, by signing autographs or waving to them.
Yoko walked ahead of John toward the doorman & as John walked toward her, five shots rang out in the night.
John Lennon was struck in the back with the bullets and staggered into the private courtyard area. A Dakota Concierge, wrapped his coat around John as he lie there quickly losing large amounts of blood. The doorman got the gun away from the killer as he sat down & waited for the police to arrive. The first set of police officers arrived & arrested the killer.
The second set of police officers attended to the victim, they could not wait for an ambulance to arrive, because time was running. On their way to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital on 59th St & 10th Avenue, they realized their victim was John Lennon.
Doctors quickly rushed in & worked on him for twenty minutes attempting to somehow revive him. Unfortunately, John Lennon was officially pronounced dead on arrival.