It was December 8, 1980 when Mark David Chapman fired several shots at Lennon, only one bullet missed, the other four all entered from behind.

Chapman shot Lennon just outside his home after Lennon and Ono had returned from the recording studio. Chapman  got down on his knee, called out his and fired towards Lennon five times. After the shooting he set down his gun and took off his coat and waited for the police to arrive.

At his parole hearing in 2008 the then 53 year old Chapman was said to have remarks about the shooting:

I made a horrible decision to end another human being's life, for reasons of selfishness," Chapman said. "I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody, and instead of that, I became a murderer, and murderers are not somebodies.

Chapman will have another go at parole in 2016, until then he'll remain at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y where he is serving a 20 years to life sentence. This is the seventh parole denial.

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.