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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

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: September 2011 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 223-226
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31822a62d1
Case Reports

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.

From the *Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend; †South Bend Medical Foundation, South Bend; ‡Elkhart County Coroners Office, Elkhart; §Goshen Police Department, Goshen; and ∥Indiana State Police (retired), Lab Division-District 24-Bremen, IN.

Manuscript received June 27, 2008; accepted July 19, 2008.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Joseph A. Prahlow, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine - South Bend at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. E-mail: jprahlow@sbmf.org.

© 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.