Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pleaded for Secret Service protection after an armed gunman was arrested at his campaign spot – just two miles from where his father was assassinated in 1968.
The Democratic presidental hopeful was speaking at a Hispanic Heritage Month event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday night when the suspect tried to approach him.
Carrying a US Marshal badge on a lanyard, the man attempted to identify himself as a member of Kennedy’s security team.
He was seen wearing two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols with spare ammunition.
The incident took place less than two miles from the former site of The Ambassador Hotel, 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, where RFK was shot and killed in June 1968 after winning the Democratic California presidential primary. The property was later redeveloped as the Robert F. Kennedy Schools after the hotel was demolished in 2005.
Kennedy shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, his thanks for the quick-thinking actions of those around him who were able to intercept the suspect.
The suspect (pictured) was seen wearing two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and had spare ammunition
The Democratic hopeful was speaking at a Hispanic Heritage Month event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday night
Kennedy shared an update to his followers on X, adding he hoped President Biden could grant him Secret Service protection
The incident took place less than two miles from where his dad was shot on June 5, 1968. Kennedy Sr. died a day later at the Good Samaritan Hospital
‘I’m very grateful that alert and fast-acting protectors from Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) spotted and detained an armed man who attempted to approach me at my Hispanic Heritage speech at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles tonight,’ Kennedy wrote.
‘The man, wearing two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and spare ammunition magazines was carrying a U.S. Marshal badge on a lanyard and beltclip federal ID. He identified himself as a member of my security detail.
‘Armed GDBA team members moved quickly to isolate and detain the man until LAPD arrived to make the arrest. I’m also grateful to LAPD for its rapid response.
‘I’m still entertaining a hope that President Biden will allow me Secret Service protection.
‘I am the first presidential candidate in history to whom the White House has denied a request for protection.’
Supporters of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wait in line to enter the Wilshire Ebell Theatre as he celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in Los Angeles
Kennedy took to X, formerly known as Twitter , to thank the quick-thinking actions of those who were able to intercept after the event
Sirhan Sirhan shot Kennedy moments after the U.S. senator from New York claimed victory in California’s pivotal Democratic presidential primary in 1968
The incident took place less than two miles from where his dad, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy, was shot in the after claiming victory in the California primary that he felt was the key to his own bid for the presidency.
On June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy had shared excitement about his win to about 2,000 supporters at an Ambassador Hotel rally and was taking a shortcut through the kitchen to a meeting with newsmen when shots rang out.
He was shot multiple times, as five others in the packed kitchen were also struck.
Kennedy lay for a time flat on his back in the kitchen, eyes open, a crowd milling around him. Some observers say they heard him say, as he was lifted into a police ambulance, ‘Oh, no. No. Don’t’.
Pandemonium broke loose. Roosevelt Grier quickly grabbed the much smaller gunman, wrestled the gun from him and held him for police.
Sirhan Sirhan (pictured) shot and killed Robert F. Kennedy in 1968
Sen. Robert Kennedy and Ambassador Hotel employee Juan Romero pictured moments after RFK was shot by Sirhan Sirhan on June 5, 1968
Sirhan was arrested and found guilty of assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. The assassin maintains that he does not remember the event of the deadly night
Sirhan, 79, is incarcerated at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, in San Diego, California
President Lyndon Johnson and others around the nation, including Kennedy’s rival on the campaign primary trail, Minnesota’s Sen. Eugene McCarthy, expressed shock and sorrow. Johnson ordered the full resources of the FBI thrown into the case and ordered secret service protection for major candidates.
Kennedy was brought first to Central Receiving Hospital where a doctor said he was ‘practically dead’ upon arrival.
Physicians there administered closed cardiac massage, oxygen and adrenalin. ‘At first he was pulseless,’ said a doctor who treated him, ‘then his pulse came back and we began to hear a heartbeat and he began to breathe a little erratically.’
A team of six surgeons began brain surgery at 3:12 a.m. that lasted about three hours and 40 minutes.
He died almost 25 hours later after being shot at the Good Samaritan Hospital.
Mayor Sam Yorty and Police Chief Tom Reddin told a news conference at the time that a Sirhan Sirhan, then 23, was traced through the .22 pistol used to wound Kennedy and five others, less seriously, and identification was made through a brother, Adel Sirhan, of Pasadena.
Pallbearers (including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. front) carry the coffin of Senator Robert Kennedy to the grave site at Arlington National Cemetery on June 9, 1968
Sirhan has been imprisoned for 55 years since shooting RfK and five others during the shooting at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles
Earlier this year, a California panel denied parole for Sirhan on the grounds that the 78-year-old prisoner continues to lack insight into what caused him to shoot the senator and then-presidential candidate.
Sirhan’s attorney lawyer Angela Berry argued against the board’s position, saying that Sirhan has demonstrated an awareness of his actions, and his psychiatrists have said for years he is unlikely to be a danger to society if he is released.
Two years ago, a different California parole board had agreed with Berry, voting to release Sirhan, but Gov. Gavin Newson rejected the decision in 2022.
Berry said she believes the new board members on Wednesday were influenced by Newsom and by the lawyers representing Kennedy’s widow and some of his children – several relatives of the slain politician are opposed to Sirhan’s release, though not all are.
In rejecting Sirhan’s freedom last year, the governor said the prisoner remains a threat to the public and hasn’t taken responsibility for a crime that changed American history.
‘I do feel the board bent to the political whim of the governor,’ Berry said after the hearing at a federal prison in San Diego County.
Berry said the aging prisoner also ‘wasn’t as articulate’ when he spoke to the board this time. The board recommended Sirhan do more work to better understand what makes a person a political assassin, she said.