This presentation provides an overview of how to analyze gunshot wounds from a medical and forensic perspective, and is geared towards assisting criminal attorneys and investigators. It covers the characteristics of entrance and exit wounds, the features of bullet tracks through the body, and key physical findings based on the range of fire that can help reconstruct shooting incidents. It emphasizes the complexity of interpreting gunshot trauma, noting that many exceptions exist to typical wound patterns.


  • Pathoanatomy
  • Entrance and Exit Wounds
  • ┬áBullet Tracks
  • Range of Fire
  • Exceptions


Upon completion of this course, the attendee will:

  1. Understand the dynamics of bullet wounds
  2. Be familiar with the key characteristics of entrance and exit wounds
  3. Know how to recognize the features of wounds from various ranges of fire
  4. Understand that there are many exceptions!