West Wing Mystery Revealed

Rob Lowe fans can breathe a little easier. Contrary to popular speculation, Lowe‘s character on NBC’s “The West Wing,” Communications Director Sam Seaborn, did not lose life nor limb on Wednesday night’s assassination conclusion.

Others weren’t so lucky.

Martin Sheen‘s character, President Josiah Bartlet, was shot in the lower abdomen, but suffered no serious injuries. However, Bradley Whitford‘s character, Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman, suffered a collapsed lung and severed pulmonary artery, but it’s doubtful he’ll end up leaving the show.

Late in the two-hour premiere, it was revealed that Sheen was in fact not the target of the shooting. Charlie Young (actor Dule Hill), a black Presidential Aide, was singled out by a white-supremacist group.