[Aiming at the chest, but hitting the back]

Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Axmann, Stefan; Siegenthaler, Lea; Kneubühl, Beat; Thali, Michael (2011). [Aiming at the chest, but hitting the back]. Archiv für Kriminologie, 228(3-4), pp. 102-7. Lübeck: Schmidt-Römhild

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Gunshot injuries in the back may suggest the unjustified use of firearms. A wound in the back inflicted by a firearm should not automatically imply that the shooter aimed at the back. A previous study demonstrated that it is possible for men to turn their trunk faster than it takes for a shooter to fire or throw a hand-operated weapon. With a high speed motion camera the authors were able to demonstrate that it is also possible for women to turn their trunk fast enough, so that a shot in the back could have been aimed at the front of the body. This conclusion is also likely to apply to hand-operated or thrown weapons, since the velocity of their projectiles is considerably lower than that of firearms.

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Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Axmann, Stefan; Siegenthaler, Lea; Kneubühl, Beat P. and Thali, Michael








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04 Oct 2013 14:21

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06 Dec 2013 13:27

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/6878 (FactScience: 211927)

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