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Terrorism: Paris - Charlie Hebdo Event - 2015.01.07
THE WEAPONThe weapon has been widely identified as an AK-47 7.62x39mm.
Some say the weapon fired a blank.
Some say the weapon was not fired at all.
We maintain, based upon the available evidence, that the weapon fired a live round and that officer Merabet died as a result.
Regarding the weapon, those promoting the hoax argument cite:
Regarding the body reactions, those promoting the hoax argument cite:
MUZZLE FLASH, RECOIL AND SMOKE
Some question the lack of recoil, muzzle flash and smoke.
BODY DAMAGE AND REACTION
Some people are saying that the shooter in the above Paris event is using blanks in his assault rifle or that no shot at all was fired and the sound of the gunshot was added in post-production of a contrived and hoaxed video.
The mainstream press reported early within minutes of the Merabet shooting that Officer Merabet was shot in the head. Alternative and conspiracy sites grabbed hold of these reports and claimed the shooting was a hoax because the head did not explode and there was no blood visible.
But the Jordi Mir video clearly shows that Merabet was not shot in the head. He was shot in the lower neck or upper back and the bullet exits the lower neck or upper chest before ricocheting off the sidewalk at a shallow angle causing a debris cloud to form on the sidewalk.
But more than that, other video of executions show that even when shot in the head by a high velocity weapon such as the AK-47, the head does not always explode or even cause a great amount of blood and brain material to immediately exit the brain skull.
Here is a video showing Syrian soldiers being executed at point blank range with AK-47s and hand guns. This is a gruesome video, but it is necessary to put to rest the contention that a shot to the head at point blank range with an AK-47 will ALWAYS cause the head or body to explode.
Images used for the gif are from a video by Jordi Mir.
3-frame excerpt (converted to gif) of a video by Jordi Mir as described in The Guardian article.
The video was recorded at 29 frames per second.
The three frames comprising the gif are 00,00,12,19 / 00,00,12,20 / 00,00,12,21.
Images used for the gif are from the video by Jordi Mir.
The two frames comprising the gif are 00,00,12,19 / 00,00,12,20.
Red lines are added to show the orintaton of the barrel and the path of the front extrusion to the sidewalk impact.