Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy was an American politician and lawyer who served as a United States Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. He was a member of the Democratic Party and is seen as an icon of modern American liberalism; scoring a major victory when he won the California primary. He addressed his supporters shortly after midnight on 5 June 1968 in a ballroom at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Leaving the ballroom, he went through the hotel kitchen after being told it was a shortcut to a press room, despite being advised by his bodyguard to avoid the kitchen. In a crowded kitchen passageway, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, opened fire, hitting Kennedy three times. He was rushed first to Los Angeles' Central Receiving Hospital, and then to the city's Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died early the next morning.