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Gunshot Forensics: what’s in a bang?

30 Oct

Imagine you’re a crime scene investigator and you’ve been called to the aftermath of a shooting. There’s been a bloody gun battle between two rival gangs, and you arrive to find a bullet-ridden corpse lying in the middle of a busy street. What would be your top priority?

Some crime scene investigators get to work in CSI

If, like me, your gut instinct would be to get out of there as soon as possible, forensics probably isn’t for you. If, on the other hand, you’re a calm-headed pro, you’d first need to secure and isolate the crime scene. Then you’d photograph the area and maybe start making a note of incriminating evidence such as abandoned weapons or scraps of clothing.

In any case, trying to locate an audio recording of the gunfight probably wouldn’t be at the forefront of your mind.

However, there’s a growing number of forensic scientists who study gunshot sounds, because, surprisingly, a bang isn’t just a bang. Instead, gunshots are like fingerprints: master their subtle differences and you may be one step closer to solving the crime. Continue reading

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