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In contrast to the testimony of the witnesses who heard and observed shots fired from the Depository the Commissions investigation has disclosed no credible evidence that any shots were fired from anywhere else When the shots were fired many people near the Depository believed that the shots came from the railroad bridge over the Triple Underpass or from the area to the west of the Depository In the hectic moments after the assassination many spectators ran in the general direction of the Triple Underpass or the railroad yards northwest of the building Some were running toward the place from which the sound of the rifle fire appeared to come others were fleeing the scene of the shooting None of these people saw anyone with a rifle and the Commissions inquiry has yielded no evidence that shots were fired from the bridge over the Triple Underpass or from the railroad yards Number of Shots The consensus among the witnesses at the scene was that three shots were fired However some heard only two shots while others testified that they heard four and perhaps as many as five or six shots The difficulty of accurate perception of the sound of gunshots required careful scrutiny of all of this testimony regarding the number of shots The firing of a bullet causes a number of noises the muzzle blast caused by the smashing of the hot gases which propel the bullet into the relatively stable air at the guns muzzle the noise of the bullet caused by the shock wave built up ahead of the bullets nose as it travels through the air and the noise caused by the impact of the bullet on its target Each noise can be quite sharp and may be perceived as a separate shot The tall buildings in the area might have further distorted the sound The physical and other evidence examined by the Commission compels the conclusion that at least two
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