Case ReportCase Report of a Homicide by a Shotgun Loaded With Unusual AmmunitionLuchini, Duccio MD; Di Paolo, Marco MD; Morabito, Giovanna MD; Gabbrielli, Mario MDAuthor Information From the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Siena (L.D., M.G., G.M.); and Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Pisa (M.D.P.). Manuscript received November 22, 2002; accepted March 10, 2003. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Duccio Luchini, Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Siena, Policlinico Le Scotte, 53100 SIENA, Italy; E-mail: [email protected] The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2003 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 198-201 doi: 10.1097/01.PAF.0000070023.71055.da Buy Metrics Abstract Reported is the case of a man killed by a neighbor with a shotgun loaded with a unusual ammunition. The cartridge contained several shots chained together by metallic wires. Such ammunition has been used for hunting purposes but is now banned, so it can be handmade only. The joined pellets produce a wound with features that are different from those of a wound made by a regular load of pellets. Several interpretive problems are caused by the unknown number of pellets contained in the shell and the effects of the wire holding the shot together. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.