The Profile of Wounding in Civilian Public Mass Shooting Fatalities
Smith, E., Shapiro, G., and Sarani, B. (2016). The Profile of Wounding in Civilian Public Mass Shooting Fatalities. (Abstract only.) Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 81(1): 86-92.
The authors reviewed autopsy reports from 12 civilian public mass shootings to determine the site of injury, “probable site of fatal injury, and presence of potentially survivable injury (i.e., if prehospital care is provided within 10 minutes and trauma center care within 60 minutes of injury).” They found that only 7% head survivable wounds, no head injury was potentially survivable, and the probable site of fatal injury was either the head or the chest (77%).