On Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X, leader of Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity, was assassinated during an Organization of Afro-American Unity meeting at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan.
More well known as a leader of the nation of Islam, he was shot at least 21 times, with a mix of 12 gauge shot, 9x19luger, and .45acp
There is still some controversy surrounding who exactly shot him, and the actual murder weapons have never been revealed.
Supposedly a 12gauge sawn off was found nearby discarded in a jacket, the exact brand has never been revealed.
Talmadge Hayer was identified as the shooter with the shotgun and beaten severely by the crowd before police arrived. He suffered several broken ribs and a broken leg.
Several witness were also hit with gunfire.
The assassination began with a man in the crowd shouting "hey nigger get your hand out of my pocket!"
Malcolm X standing at the podium then reportedly said "Hey cool it!"
And as the crowd whirled around in confusion a man stepped toward the stage and fired a single blast from a concealed sawn off shotgun.
While he was then beaten and pulled down by the crowd, Malcolm X bodyguards stepped towards this first assassin, leaving a bleeding and wounded Malcolm temporarily alone at the podium. Then two more gunmen from the crowd stepped forward and fired a mix of .45acp and 9x19luger rounds into his body.
The cause of death was listed as several rounds to the heart.