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NBC: Trayvon Shot From ‘Intermediate Range’

From a despicable NBC News:

Trayvon Martin killed by single gunshot fired from ‘intermediate range,’ autopsy shows

By NBC News and MSNBC.com
May 16, 2012

Florida teenager Trayvon Martin died from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired from “intermediate range,” according to an autopsy report reviewed Wednesday by NBC News

NBC/MSNBC is claiming that Martin was shot from "intermediate range." But they never bother to explain what "intermediate range" means in forensics.

Instead, they intentionally leave the impression that Zimmerman (whom NBC/MSNBC later describes as "a white man of Hispanic heritage") must have been at some distance from Martin when he fired.

Consequently, many of the online comments posted by readers about this article are like this:

Zimmerman says he was assaulted, but Trayvon was shot at ‘intermediate’ range. This is an inconsistency – if Zimmerman were being assaulted and defended himself, the shot would have been fired from close range. If Zimmerman was assaulted, and then he shot Trayvon at an intermediate range, then the shooting was revenge. Or, more likely, Zimmerman shot Trayvon in cold blood at an intermediate distance, figured out that he could be found guilty of murder, and injured himself to manufacture evidence to corroborate his story.

Or this:

People on the offensive always shoot from intermediate range.

In actual fact, according to a source on the subject of gunshot wound forensics:

Gunshot wounds can be classified based on the range from the muzzle of the gun to the target. These classifications include contact, near-contact, intermediate, and distant wounds… In near-contact wounds, the muzzle is not in contact with the skin, but is very close… In intermediate-range wounds, the muzzle is held away from the skin but close enough that it still produces powder tattooing. This type of wound is also characterized by numerous reddish-brown to orange-red lesions around the entrance to the wound.

And, according to most typical forensic standards, the ‘intermediate range’ begins at 8 to 12 inches and extends out to 24 to 36 inches. For instance, according this site: ”An intermediate range gunshot… can range from just beyond the 12-inch range out to 24 to 36 inches. This depends greatly upon the caliber, barrel length and powder type used in the ammunition.”

So, ‘intermediate range’ still means ‘close range.’

Amazingly, even CBS News managed to get this correct, in their article on the same autopsy report:

The reports also noted the fatal wound’s surrounded by a two-by-two inch pattern called stippling, caused by gunpower [sic] burns. It suggests Zimmerman fired inches away from the teenager.

But the folks at NBC/MSNBC were just doing their job. Trying to whip up their poor misguided readers with an intentionally misleading headline and lead.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NBC: Trayvon Shot From ‘Intermediate Range’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Statistics –

    • 55% of gunfights take place 0-5 feet.
    • 20% of gunfights take place in 5-10 feet.
    • 20% of gunfights take place in 10-21 feet.
    • 95% of gunfights take place in 0-21 feet. (Source- FBI)
    • The average man can cover 21 feet of ground in 1.5 seconds.
    • The average man cannot draw a gun from concealment in under 2 seconds.
    • 3 to 4 shots are usually fired.
    • Most gunfights take place in low light conditions.
    • On average, one shot in four strikes someone.

  2. mr_bill says:

    Every fact that has been disclosed bolsters Zimmerman’s account and disproves the lies that are coming from the media and the race hustlers. The court would have a hard time satifsying the jury charge on manslaughter, let alone 2nd degree murder.

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