Homicidal tandem bullet wound of the chest

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 1997 Mar;18(1):56-9. doi: 10.1097/00000433-199703000-00010.


An unusual case of a homicidal gunshot wound to the chest is reported in which two bullets were fired in unison as tandem bullets from a handgun. At autopsy, two intact bullets were retrieved from the body of the victim, yet there was only one entrance wound and a single bullet track across the chest wall and thoracic organs. An examination of the weapon and ammunition supported the likelihood of tandem bullets and suggested the probable mechanism for this event. Very few similar cases have been documented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Crime Victims
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Firearms*
  • Forensic Medicine / methods*
  • Homicide*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Shoulder / diagnostic imaging
  • Thoracic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Thoracic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Wounds, Gunshot / diagnosis*
  • Wounds, Gunshot / diagnostic imaging