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Golfer
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How far does the sound of a gunshot typically travel?

I assumed it was 1/4 to 1/2 mile. But this occured well over a mile from my house as the crow flies. I was outside and it was clearly heard.

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Two men were shot and wounded, one critically, Friday night on North 47th Street, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokeswoman said in a release Saturday.

Officers arrived at 1091 N. 47th St. about 10:40 p.m. to find the two victims wounded by gunfire and lying on the side of the road, Capt. Joan Cage said in the release.

One man was wounded several times in his chest and was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Cage said.

The second victim was shot in the lower half of his body, sustaining minor injuries, Cage said.

Police do not have any information on the shooter or shooters or a possible motive.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Baton Rouge Police Department’s Homicide Division at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.



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re: How far does the sound of a gunshot typically travel?
There are a million factors to consider to answer this question correctly.


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How far does the sound of a gunshot typically travel?



Completely dependent on the environment it is fired in.


Golfer
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re: How far does the sound of a gunshot typically travel?
I understand it has to do with the type of gun, wind direction, and physical objects in the path but say you're shooting a 9mm in a Kansas field. Can you hear it 3 miles away?


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I was at a friends house near Acadian and Government about 2 years ago and heard 3 very audible "pops". About 5 minutes later one of the targets ran around the corner screaming "they shooting over there!!". Needless to say we went inside, locked the door and armed ourselves. The next day I saw something in the paper about it and it was over a 1/4 mile from where we were for sure.
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PaperPaintball92
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Completely dependent on the environment it is fired in

Also the caliber of the bullet fired
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yellowfin
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Can you hear it 3 miles away?






I hear rifle shots while hunting from way further than that.


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How far does the sound of a gunshot typically travel?


All the way until the point of impact


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Humidity of the air... Day or night... etc. There is no one correct answer.


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All the way until the point of impact

reading comprehension fail


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mikelbr
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Humidity of the air... Day or night...


Exactly. I actually researched this a few years ago after hearing an exchange in Gardere from my house in Highland Creek. I distinctly heard 3 pops and 1 boom. I joked that a thug shot a pistol at someone and the dude blew his arse away with a shotgun, which is exactly what was in the news the next day. This happened about a mile away and the cold clear night makes this easily within range. So, 3 miles is plausible considering the weather. Plus I put a CSB in there for good measure.
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tgrbaitn08
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but say you're shooting a 9mm in a Kansas field.


Depends.

More than likely the answer is yes.


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Lester Earl
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re: How far does the sound of a gunshot typically travel?
i heard gunshots during katrina 6-8 miles away. but it was really quiet


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re: How far does the sound of a gunshot typically travel?
Humidity, wind, and terrain would be huge factors in the way sound travels.


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