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International ballistics expert takes the stand at the Linden Commission of Inquiry

International ballistics expert Dr. Mark Robinson of the United Kingdom, took the stand today at the Linden Commission of Inquiry hearing. Dr. Robinson over the weekend, was able to visit the scene of the Linden shooting incident and speak with, and examine persons who were injured. The police also provided him with the ballistics report it had compiled on the shooting incident.`

He testified, that in the evidence he was provided with, it does not appear that any of the pellets that killed the men ricocheted from the ground.

He said the Double O pellet does not match the caliber of any common handgun, neither smaller gauge shotgun, but it is feasible that one or more buckshot pellets could be inserted into standard shotguns.  He said, the shotguns used by the police could be used to fire the Double O type pellets.

The police witnesses had testified that the police force no longer uses the Double O type cartridges.  The ballistics expert testified that he was told by the police, that they stopped using that type in 2005, but he was provided with a double cartridge by the police.

Persons who were injured were also shot by the Double O type pellets.

He testified that it would be difficult to conceal a shotgun that carries the Double O buck pellets because of the size of that shot gun.

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