Joseph A. Ball: Close to noon, did you make any observation of the area around between your tower and Elm Street?
Lee Bowers: Yes; because of the fact that the area had been covered by police for some 2 hours. Since approximately 10 o'clock in the morning traffic had been cut off into the area so that anyone moving around could actually be observed. Since I had worked there for a number of years I was familiar with most of the people who came in and out of the area.
Joseph A. Ball: Did you notice any cars around there?
Lee Bowers: Yes; there were three cars that came in during the time from around noon until the time of the shooting.
Joseph A. Ball: Came in where?
Lee Bowers: They came into the vicinity of the tower, which was at the extension of Elm Street, which runs in front of the School Depository, 'and which there is no way out. It is not a through street to anywhere.
Joseph A. Ball: There is parking area behind the School Depository, between that building and your tower?
Lee Bowers: Two or three railroad tracks and a small amount of parking area for the employees.
Joseph A. Ball: And the first came along that you noticed about what time of day ?
Lee Bowers: I do not recall the exact time, but I believe this was approximately 12:10, wouldn't be too far off.
Joseph A. Ball: And the car you noticed, when you noticed the car, where was it?
Lee Bowers: The car proceeded in front of the School Depository down across 2 or 3 tracks and circled the area in front of the tower, and to the west of the tower, and, as if he was searching for a way out, or was checking the area, and then proceeded back through the only way he could, the same outlet he came into.
Joseph A. Ball: The place where Elm dead ends?
Lee Bowers: That's right. Back in front of the School Depository was the only way he could get out. And I lost sight of him, I couldn't watch him.
Joseph A. Ball: What was the description of that car?
Lee Bowers: The first car was a 1959 Oldsmobile, blue and white station wagon with out-of-State license.
Joseph A. Ball: Do you know what State?
Lee Bowers: No; I do not. I would know it, I could identify it, I think, if I looked at a list.
Joseph A. Ball: And, it had something else, some bumper stickers?
Lee Bowers: Had a bumper sticker, one of which was a Goldwater sticker, and the other of which was of some scenic location, I think.
Joseph A. Ball: And, did you see another car?
Mr. BOWERS. Yes, some 15 minutes or so after this, at approximately 12 o'clock, 20 to 12... I guess 12:20 would be close to it, little time differential there... but there was another car which was a 1957 black Ford, with one male in it that seemed to have a mike or telephone or something that gave the appearance of that at least.
Joseph A. Ball: How could you tell that?
Lee Bowers: He was holding something up to his mouth with one hand and he was driving with the other, and gave that appearance. He was very close to the tower. I could see him as he proceeded around the area.
Joseph A. Ball: What kind of license did that have?
Lee Bowers: Had a Texas license.
Joseph A. Ball: What did it do as it came into the area, from what street?
Lee Bowers: Came in from the extension of Elm Street in front of the School Depository.
Joseph A. Ball: Did you see it leave?
Lee Bowers: Yes; after 3 or 4 minutes cruising around the area it departed the same way. He did probe a little further into the area than the first car.
Joseph A. Ball: Did you see another car?
Lee Bowers: Third car, which entered the area, which was some seven or nine minutes before the shooting, I believe was a 1961 or 1962 Chevrolet, four-door Impala, white, showed signs of being on the road. It was muddy up to the windows, bore a similar out-of-state license to the first car I observed, occupied also by one white male.
Joseph A. Ball: What did it do?
Lee Bowers: He spent a little more time in the area. He tried - he circled the area and probed one spot right at the tower in an attempt to get and was forced to back out some considerable distance, and slowly cruised down back
towards the front of the School Depository Building.
Joseph A. Ball: Then did he leave?
Lee Bowers: The last I saw of him he was pausing just about in - just above the assassination site.
Joseph A. Ball: Did the car park, or continue on or did you notice?
Lee Bowers: Whether it continued on at that very moment or whether it pulled up only a short distance, I couldn't tell. I was busy.
Joseph A. Ball: How long was this before the President's car passed there?
Lee Bowers: This last car? About 8 minutes.
Joseph A. Ball: Were you in a position where you could see the corner of Elm and Houston from the tower?
Lee Bowers: No; I could not see the corner of Elm and Houston. I could see the corner of Main and Houston as they came down and turned on, then I couldn't see it for about half a block, and after they passed the corner of Elm and Houston the car came in sight again.
Joseph A. Ball: You saw the President's car coming out the Houston Street from Main, did you?
Lee Bowers: Yes; I saw that.
Joseph A. Ball: Then you lost sight of it?
Lee Bowers: Right. For a moment.
Joseph A. Ball: Then you saw it again where?
Lee Bowers: It came in sight after it had turned the corner of Elm and Houston.
Joseph A. Ball: Did you hear anything?
Lee Bowers: I heard three shots. One, then a slight pause, then two very close together. Also reverberation from the shots.
Joseph A. Ball: And were you able to form an opinion as to the source of the sound or what direction it came from, I mean?
Lee Bowers: The sounds came either from up against the School Depository Building or near the mouth of the triple underpass.
Joseph A. Ball: Were you able to tell which?
Lee Bowers: No; I could not.