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Time Capsule 21:
Factory Shooting

On June 3, 1968, Valerie Solanas, a troubled writer who had appeared in one of Warhol’s films, shot Andy Warhol in the abdomen at his new studio at 33 Union Square West. She also shot art critic Mario Amaya, and Fred Hughes was in her sights when the elevator doors suddenly opened, and she ran out. After Warhol was reportedly declared dead upon arrival at the hospital, his life was saved after five hours of surgery. Apparently, a single bullet had damaged his lungs, esophagus, spleen, liver, and stomach. After nearly two months, Warhol was released from the hospital, but required further surgeries over the subsequent years.