Shooting Scene Reconstruction
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          I've been involved in shooting scene reconstruction since early in my career as a Criminalist (click on photo above).

          In a shooting scene reconstruction we are dealing with a shooting incident which took place at some point in the past (sometimes, years after the incident), and we are attempting to rebuild that sequence of events through a proper consideration of the record of physical evidence remaining. Oftentimes, in my work as a shooting scene reconstructionist, I deal with a set of circumstances which are vastly changed from the initial shooting scene conditions. The following is a list of documents which I find helpful in attempting to rebuild the shooting event:

Any and all photographs (videotapes, etc.) of the shooting scene taken by the police and others
Any and all photographs of the victim at the scene and at the autopsy
Any and all police incident reports, investigative reports, shooting scene diagrams, sketches, personal notes, statements taken by the police, etc.
The autopsy report(s)
Reports of the EMT's and Medical Records
List of all physical evidence impounded from the scene
Crime Laboratory reports
Statements of the shooter, witnesses, victim (if available), etc.
Any and all complaints, allegations, pleadings, interrogatories, answers to interrogatories, or other documents gleaned during court proceedings

          Ultimately, the goal of any shooting scene reconstruction is to rebuild the event sequences of the shooting incident as closely as possible. This may then allow us to learn what actually took place during the shooting, and to prove (or disprove) different versions of the event which have generated in the aftermath of a shooting incident.