shotgun

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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.
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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.
A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said that shortly after the force received the call, around 12.30am, the ambulance service were called to treat 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.
Two men received shotgun injuries on October 9 when a gangland feud exploded at the rear of Clyde Terrace, Spennymoor, County Durham.
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Dr Barrie Walker, from a GPs' surgery in Seascale, said: "I have never seen shotgun injuries like this, and people lying on pavements in a quiet village, blood flowing on streets.
Detectives are puzzled as to how Fred came to be found outside the farmhouse with shotgun injuries to his legs.
The GDN earlier reported that Salah Abbas Habib Moussa, 36, died from shotgun injuries to his chest, stomach and thigh.
Police said the discovery of the cache of weapons was part of its action to take guns off the streets of Merseyside and followed the double shooting in Kirkdale over the weekend, in which two males - aged 15 and 25 - 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.