@WaterHopper: Wallace had declared himself as a candidate for the Democratic presidential primaries. Wallace’s campaign had been going very well and he was receiving high ratings in the opinion poll. When campaigning in Laurel, MD., on May 15, 1973, a man named Arthur Bremer shot Wallace four times.
Bremer had been following Wallace to different campaign stops. The bullet had entered Wallace’s spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Bremer’s motive for the shooting was a desire for fame. President Nixon had also been a possible target.
After the shooting Wallace was confined to a wheelchair. He still remained governor of Alabama and tried to run again in the 1976 presidential election.