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Citation

Choi E, Donoghue ER, Lifschultz BD. J. Forensic Sci. 1994; 39(3): 685-692.

Affiliation

Office of the Medical Examiner of Cook County, Chicago, IL.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1994, American Society for Testing and Materials, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

8006617

Abstract

There has been a marked increase in firearms-related deaths in this country over the past several decades. Especially in urban areas this increase has been correlated with a greater availability of handguns. Children have become more common victims of gunfire. Both accidental and homicidal shooting deaths have increased in the lower age groups. We examined deaths due to gunfire in children ten years and younger in Cook County, Illinois, which contains the large city of Chicago. Homicidal shootings predominated in this age group with the most common circumstances being a child struck by a stray bullet. Accidental shooting deaths always occurred when one or more children were playing with a gun they found in the home.

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