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A pump-action or single shot firearm, which fires projectiles of packed shot of various diameters; shotguns are popular among hunters

shotgun

Forensic pathology A pump-action or single shot firearm, which fires projectiles of packed shot of various diameters; shotguns are popular among hunters, and an efficient 'execution' weapon when a hit-person must address a moving target; homicide and suicide by shotgun is common in the US, but exceedingly rare in civilized countries, given the strict gun control laws. See Ballistics, Cookie cutter wounds, Drive-by shootings, Execution wounds, Gauge, Sawed-off shotgun. Cf Assault weapon, Pistol.

shotgun

hunting firearm discharging mostly round lead shot over a wide area. Associated with lead poisoning in ducks that eat the failed shot, pitch poisoning in animals that eat the residues of clay pigeons at shooting ranges, and sometimes wounds in dogs that have the misfortune to be in the line of fire.

shotgun injuries
typically occur in hunting dogs. Depending on the distance from the gun, the wounds range from extensive with much tissue damage to minor, almost undetectable, with the shot becoming imbedded in soft tissue.
shotgun pharmacy
using a number of medicines to treat an animal because of uncertainty in the diagnosis. Called also polypharmacy.
shotgun procedure
cloning DNA fragments in a random manner for a clone library from which fragments can later be selected.
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Around five minutes later the ambulance service called to tell us they had been called to a man with shotgun injuries.
Police said the discovery of the weapons cache was part of its action to take guns off the streets of Merseyside and followed a double shooting in Kirkdale over the weekend in which a 15-year-old boy and 25-year-old man suffered shotgun injuries to their faces.
One man died at hospital, a second is being treated for shotgun injuries to the back and a third was grazed by a bullet.
Mr Wilkinson said staff had just been on a training course for shotgun injuries.
The 36-year-old died from shotgun injuries to his chest, stomach and thigh, according to a medical expert.
A 42-year-old woman also suffered shotgun injuries in the same incident late last Sunday night.
A MAN died from shotgun injuries to the head and chest, an inquest heard yesterday.
The ministry also rapped claims by Al Wefaq that security forces were responsible for shotgun injuries sustained by a person in Demistan.
Deputy state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy told the court that Barry died as a result of shotgun injuries.
He died from shotgun injuries to his chest, stomach and left thigh, according to a medical examiner's report.
A Kent police spokesman said: "We went to an address in Herne Bay where we found the body of a 49-year-old man with shotgun injuries.
Dr Harbison said that none of the three shotgun injuries would have killed Keane outright.