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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31822a62d1
Case Reports

An Unusual Case of Lead Snowstorm Caused by Fragmentation of Buckshot

Pavelites, Joseph J. MD, PhD*; Prahlow, Joseph A. MD*†; Landrum, Jeffry E. DDS‡; Zollinger, David§; Vermillion, Daniel∥

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Abstract

This article reports the unusual radiographic findings of 2 cases of a shotgun shooting incident involving the homicide of a plant manager and the subsequent suicide of the assailant. Radiologic examination of wounds produced by the no. 00 copper-plated buckshot used in the incident revealed images with striking similarity to the lead snowstorm appearance generally associated with high-velocity, soft-point rifle bullets.

© 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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