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This is my question, but I wanted to give a little more detail.

I am doing genealogy, and one of my husband's great-great uncles died in 1939 with a gunshot caused from a 12 gauge shotgun to his left armpit, resulting in a shattered shoulder (upward direction?) which of course caused hemorrhage and shock (actual cause of death). He lived rurally with his wife. He was 75 years old. Wife was the reporter.

I find it odd that someone could shoot themselves in the armpit considering the length of the firearm. Also, I don't think shooting yourself in the armpit is a common target for suicides. Any feedback, but especially professional forensic feedback is greatly welcomed. Thanks.

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