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If a Ruger 9mm gun using a full metal copper jacket bullets

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if a Ruger 9mm gun using a full metal copper jacket bullets was fired toward the ground (gravel rocks) what would cause the bullet to fragment and if possible could it ricochet from the ground upward and hitting someone thats not standing close to the person that fired. could someone be hit with the bullet jacket fragment
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  Kraig Vollmer replied 1 year ago.

Yes a bullet could hit some one that was not standing close to person firing the gun. Because once the bullet leaves the barrel and hits a hard surface there is no way to control were it will go once the bullet gets deformed there is no way you can know what direction it is going to go.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what cause the bullet to fragment?
Expert:  Kraig Vollmer replied 1 year ago.

The velocity that the bullet is going. Like for example a .357 Magnum 140 grain going 1300 FEET PER SECOND. It is going so fast that the Jacket is not strong enough to stay together. With the momentum the bullet had leaving the barrel.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if this incident occurred in this manner would that be an unintentional act or considered direct homicide. and treated as murder
Expert:  Kraig Vollmer replied 1 year ago.

That I don't know if it would be considered direct homicide or if it would be considered involuntary man slotter like a DWI if the drunk driver kills some one.

Expert:  Kraig Vollmer replied 1 year ago.

I hope the information I gave is helpful I thought that I had spelled in voluntary wrong I did but I did not see were I had as one word in stead of two. I hope this helps you out. Please give me a good feed back so that I can earn my income.

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