(CNN)A New Zealand teenager attempted to shoot Queen Elizabeth II during a royal trip to Dunedin on October 14, 1981, newly declassified documents confirm.
Christopher John Lewis, 17, shot at the Queen's motorcade from a toilet cubicle on the fifth floor of a building overlooking the royal parade, according to New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service (SIS) files.
Lewis - Murder - Firearms - Offenses
Lewis missed and was not charged with attempted murder but with minor firearms offenses.
The plot to kill the Queen was hushed up for over a decade before New Zealand media began reporting on it in the mid-90s. This month, journalist Hamish McNeilly finally succeeded in getting access to secret files from SIS which confirmed the assassination attempt and police investigation.
Copies - Files - CNN - Lewis - Paranoid
Copies of the files provided to CNN describe how Lewis, who had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, was acting on behalf of the "National Imperial Guerrilla Army," with the help of "two persons who may well be fictitious whom Lewis would only describe as 'Snowman' and 'Polar Bear' respectively."
A police report describes an attempt by New Zealander Christopher Lewis to assassinate the Queen and the beginnings of a cover up. This image has been altered for clarity.
Documents - McNeilly - Reporting - Morning - October
According to the documents and McNeilly's reporting, on the morning of October 14, Lewis, still in high school, cycled to the seven-storey Adams Building, chosen at the last minute for its view overlooking the route of the Queen's motorcade as it passed through the southern NZ city of Dunedin.
On the fifth floor, from inside a deserted toilet cubicle, he propped a stolen .22 rifle on a windowsill and waited as the Queen's Rolls Royce approached a large crowd of people outside the Otago Museum Reserve.
Queen - Car - Husband - Duke - Edinburgh
As the Queen stepped out of the car, accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Lewis fired.
The bullet went nowhere near the royal party,...
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