"gunfight" and "exchange of gunfire"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Apr 25 02:04:33 UTC 2013

I also hear that at the first "shootout" only one gun, a
semi-automatic Luger, was found.  How many of the 200-odd gunshots
came from it?  (May also explain why they -- "allegedly" -- killed
the MIT police officer: they were trying to get a second gun.  One
report said that his holster looked disturbed.)

But I'll wait for the ballistic reports before settling on my final
evaluation.  And there apparently is no question that the Tsarnaev
brothers had and were throwing explosive devices -- amateur video and
eyewitness reports from persons in nearby houses agree.

At 4/24/2013 09:25 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>Confirmation that the gunfire was one-way:
>On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> >
> > At 4/23/2013 08:25 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> > >Great! A circular firing squad! Amazing no one else got shot...
> >
> > I didn't claim this was verified, however.  And we must remember,
> > this was a successful outcome -- he was captured alive, and today was
> > sufficiently aware to be arraigned before a Federal judge/magistrate
> > and be given (three?) defending attorneys.
> >
> > But I had been wondering -- if true, what term do we give to the
> > event?  Victor has now termed the participants.
> >
> > >
> > >On 4/23/2013 7:34 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> > >>Breaking news --  CBS network news (former Fed Miller, I think) said
> > >>that it was said to him -- that no gun was found in the boat; that
> > >>one encircler saw a movement that looked like a hand holding an
> > >>object, and fired; that other encirclers riding up thought that the
> > >>suspect was firing, and fired themselves; and that the arriving
> > >>person in charge said to cease firing and let's see what we have.
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