"gunfight" and "exchange of gunfire"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Apr 22 20:38:34 UTC 2013

At 4/21/2013 09:37 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>Well, it's clear that the initial exchange with the pair involved a
>gunfight. From the Globe today:
>>"I saw him standing there shooting at police," Aske said. "When he
>>fired, there was a little flash of light. I could hear the gun firing.
>>It was terrifying."
>Not sure about the second. Reporters generally can only tell a major
>change in sound of gunfire, not so much if there are multiple
>/different/ guns. For that matter, I'm not even sure anyone actually
>fired a live shot near the boat.

I heard a statement today that a more-than-casual (I don't remember
what it was called) rifle was found near the boat, making it at least
possible that white hat fired at encirclers.


>Both NBC and local ABC network reporters pointed out that the /sound/ of
>gunfire had changed at some point when Jokhar was found. But it's not
>clear from what to what. Details are coming out slowly. We might know by
>end of next week.
>Latest, so far: http://goo.gl/5G1xQ
>On 4/20/2013 3:06 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>These appear to be exciting knee-jerk terms for "the sound of numerous
>>gunshots ."
>>Media reports claim that Joker was captured after a gun battle with police.
>>But has anyone actually reported that in his weakened condition he did any
>>shooting at all, or that he was even captured in possession of a firearm?
>>Just asking.
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