Author(s): Kohli A, Aggarwal NK
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Abstract Studies on firearm fatalities in various countries have been published. However, pattern and incidence of fatal firearm injuries in Delhi has largely gone unreported. This study was taken up with the objective of reporting the pattern and incidence of fatal firearm injuries in Delhi and comparing it with the pattern seen in other countries. One hundred and seven firearm fatalities autopsied during the last 6 years were studied. 46.7\% victims were aged between 20 and 30 years and 90.7\% were males; similar findings were seen in other countries. 92.6\% were victims of homicidal attacks, 6.5\% suicidal and 0.9\% accidental. This is in sharp contrast to the pattern in other countries where suicides were the predominant group and homicides accounted for a small number of cases. A high presence of illegal country made guns was an explanation for this trend. Single firings were the norm. Chest (39\%) and head (29.6\%) were the two most common entry sites for the bullets, a pattern somewhat similar to that of other countries. Survival time, cause of death and recovery of projectiles was also studied. Elimination of illegal country made guns is of the utmost importance in order to curb the high homicidal firearm fatality rate in this region.
This article was published in Leg Med (Tokyo)
and referenced in Emergency Medicine: Open Access