Police Help Harlem Man Set New Bullet-Wound Record

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A fight between two men in Harlem early Sunday morning led to a hail of gunfire from police that left one man — Angel Alvarez, who is accused of fatally shooting the other man, Luis Soto — with between 20 and 23 bullet wounds. Obviously, he died was fine!


"That's ridiculous," [Alvarez's sister] said. "In the arms, legs, abdomen, jaw. ... He's doing all right. He's talking."

Alvarez's lawyer, John Carney, put the number of shots at 23, but said his client was "awake and responding."

Alvarez's sister is right — that is ridiculous. It's also a new record, according to an expert in bullet wounds.


"I would say more than 20 gunshot wounds is a record," said Dr. Vincent DiMaio, 69, a forensic pathologist and author of "Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques."

"Of course, the real issue is where you get shot," he added. "One bullet can kill you, but believe it or not, a body can survive a lot of bullet wounds."

Still, not everyone was impressed with the joint record-breaking efforts of the police and Alvarez.


Several residents expressed outrage at the shooting, saying the police were overly aggressive.

You don't break the all-time bullet-wound record with cautiousness and timidity, people.

Harlem shootout gunman who lived through 21 shots probably broke record: forensic expert [NYDN]
After 50 Shots in Harlem, One Dead and 5 Hurt [NYT]