His murderer, Mark David Chapman, who was described at the time as a “local screwball,” waited outside of Lennon’s home for the star to return from a recording studio session then shot him five times as his wife, Yoko Ono, looked on.
I (barely) remember the night I heard the news. We were drinking in my barracks room and listening to AFN Radio and I was wondering why they were playing so many damned Beatles songs, then my buddy Roger walked in and asked if we'd heard the news about John Lennon being shot and killed.
Oh, okay - now we get it.
What was funny was nobody really gave a shit about Lennon being killed, but there was general outrage that Chapman hadn't shot Yoko Ono while he was at it.
What the fuck, did he run out of ammo or what?