Orensic Pathology Case Study: The Two Gunshot Wounds”

A 65 y/o male is found in his garden, the victim of two gunshot wounds–one on the left temple, one on the right temple. Both wounds contain soot at the margins and within the depth of the wounds. Beside the victim is a .38 caliber pistol with hollow point ammunition, one shot missing.

In his tool shed is a civil war pistol–located about 50 yards from the final resting place of the victim.

At autopsy, X-rays show two projectiles immediately adjacent to the left temporal bone of the skull, and a single wound track traversing the brain from right to left.

What are possible explanations for this scenario?