Does a person shot in the head feel pain?
They may feel pain if it is not what we would call a “clean shot.” A “clean shot” must pretty well destroy the brain and inner and outer skull matter in one good clean, explosive shot. There are plenty of examples of failed suicides, etc. where a person shot themselves in the head, but did not kill themselves.
The best way to feel no pain from a head shot is to hire a professional who can take you out completely, at random, at any given time, place, location, activity, etc. You don’t want to know when and where the bullet is coming. You could be walking down the street enjoying a handful of street food or coffee and the next thing you know, you don’t exist on planet Earth any longer. It always pays to hire a Pro.
December 20th 2017 I was shot driving down the road on the west side of Indianapolis. The bullet went thru my passenger window thru me and out my driver’s window. Unbelievably I did not feel anything. Within seconds I was soaking wet with blood. If not for the blood I would not have even known. By the sound of the bullet entering and exiting my windows windows I realized that a bullet had entered the car, only from bleeding made me realize I also had been victim of the bullet. The bullet entered my right temporal region and came out my right eye socket. As a result I lost my right eyeball, my right orbital floor was destroyed, now I have a titanium plate as my cheekbone, and the big bone above your eye, which I say my eyebrow bone , was broken in 6 different places. Along with a few in my ear and those in the path of the entrance which is my right temporal area and exit out of my eye socket was a result of a total of 40 breaks in the surrounding bones. A year later and I’m still in awe over how I did not feel the bullet entering and exiting my head and also how I was driving down the road and was shot. As I’ve heard so many times starting at the hospital when I regained consciousness to everyone who’s asked what happened and I explain, it is always followed with it was a miracle. I most definitely have to agree. I’m still just amazed by the whole incident in general but how I did not feel it. I can’t explain nor could the doctors. Some say that adrenaline but the bullet entered and exited without warning. The adrenaline most definitely came though. I ended up driving about 10 minutes to try to find someone near that I knew and fortunately there were people outside my friends house that called 911 for me because my friends were not home. As I sat in my car slowly fading out the last thing I remember was hearing sirens, but even at that point there was still no pain. As unbelievable is the story is I assure you it’s all very true unfortunately. The lack of pain did change though. After i woke up 5 days later i soon realized the extent of my injury and how the pain was most definitely present then. One year and one day later there’s still pain. So the point of the question what it feels like to get shot in the head. From what I’ve read I understand statistically it is extremely rare to not feel anything at all. I can tell you what it’s like to get shot in the head 5 days later after you wake up from a medically induced coma. I would have to say the best way I can explain is I guess it would be like getting hit in your head with a sledgehammer. As I’m typing this text I’m still amazed by it all and how I did not feel a bullet entering and exiting my head on top of blowing out my eye and breaking my bones in 40 places. The absence of pain from getting shot and not just getting shot but the trauma of such a violent head injury waking up 5 days later with no mental disability or no physical disability with my motor skills. To just suffer from losing my eye and slight hearing loss but to have complete function of my motor skills and brain function is amazing. I meant for this to be a short answer to start. Sorry for such a long answer and i hope most will understand . Especially minus a couple hours at this moment it was just the one-year anniversary of the incident. So I’m sure there are some that will find fault to my long answer and again I apologize. This also ended up being very therapeutic for me. Those with understanding thank you very much.
A bullet wound to the head is usually fatal but not always.
Like mentioned above hitting the skull (not the face or jaw) with a high velocity round. The round will impart its energy as a shock wave through the brain matter that will essentially destroy it, as the brain has the consistency of a blancmange (jelly and custard).
The bullet strike will be painless because the speed of the destruction of the brain matter is faster than the body can transmit the pain signal so you wont feel the first strike to the flesh of your head as the brain behind it gets destroyed before the pain signal gets there.
In essence one moment you are alive and aware the next is like you never existed.
Watch any professional killer do his job. Shoots the victim in the back of the neck just below the skull. This where Snipers are trained to aim if the bad guy is holding a pistol to a Hostage’s head. Hit the Brain Stem and the Bad Guy’s trigger finger reflex is nulled and the hydrostatic pressure of the round hitting the spinal fluid kills the brain. No mess, but you only have one shot. I saw such variations in VietNam long before I went into Medicine. Not Hostage situations, just watching people being hit in neck by .223 or .308. They go limp instantly. What a cheerful question.
Nope. The brain is connected to brain receptors. Shooting it does kill you immediately, and stops the pain receptors from even functioning.
Ok so you are going to get the answer by a surviver.
Yeah you got right a bullet hit me in the head.
I was lucky enough to survive it so let’s start,the bullet was in my head but it couldn’t pass through my cranial bones.but still I was unable to feel pain for 5–6 minutes ,may be just because of sudden shock or something( I was conscious during whole accident )but after that half of my head started to pain ( but it was bearable ).I could feel the pumping blood in viens through my Brain. it is my personal experience .But yeah it is about 1 year I still feel pain in head sometimes, got some hearing problems and can’t focus on things continuously and induced some memory problems also….hope you get it..
Depends, but the nerve speed is pretty slow, as I recall. The bullet is going pretty fast. Nerve pain is one of the slowest, as slow as .6 meters per second. That bullet is going maybe 300 meters per second. Which pretty much means your lights go out without you even knowing it.
If a person shoots themself in the head, are they normally found still holding the gun?
Guns are typically found in the immediate vicinity of the decedent. I have occasionally found them holding the gun, but it is rarer. Guns are heavy, and when you die your muscles are immediately flaccid. Gravity wins.
It is actually not uncommon to find the gun underneath the decedent if they were standing when they shot themselves. The gun drops first, then they collapse on top of it.
We have had cases where someone shot themself in a vehicle, and the gun fell in a way that it was difficult to find. It was at first thought to be a homicide.
I have seen the weapon land several feet from the decedent.
Sometimes rescue will want the weapon removed prior to providing treatment or declaring death.
Often the people who discover the scene will move the gun ‘to make it safe’. Please don’t do this. Unless it is like a public area where you are afraid someone will steal it, or you cannot control the scene, just leave it where it is. The gun is in no danger of firing again. It is an important piece of evidence just as it is.
It’s either you die or you get a miracle, if you’re very blessed or lucky, just like this guy. Meet Ahad Israfil.
This was him after the gunshot.
(Picture courtesy of Google)
He was just 14 years old when the gunshot destroyed mostly half of his skull and brain. Ahad was reportedly shot when his employer knocked a firearm on the floor.
Aside from him, there are also a few people who survived such terrible incident.
I got head injuries twice. First time a stone fell on my head from height and I could know it only when my eyes opened after fainting.
Second time accident caused skull fracture on same spot and again I knew about it after 24 hours when my eyes opened after fainting.
For both times I do not remember about actual impact.
I took care of a Soldier in Walter Reed that had a couple ball bearings pass through his head. A suicide bomber detonated himself a few feet away, and despite a few of his friends being killed, He survived somehow.
He had a rough year, and I’ll spare the details, but roughly a year after he was blown up he sent me a text saying he was getting married. I went up to see him and his fiancé and he was in really good shape! He was almost fully able to take care of himself.
This is the weird part though. Yes, he was able to do his day to day almost by himself. He can cook and clean and dress himself… He isn’t confined to a wheelchair or anything, but he can’t read anymore. He says that words look like groups of letters that have no meaning or association.
BUT HE CAN TEXT ME!!!
When he sees words, his wife has to read it to him. It makes absolutely no sense at all to him. So when I text him, she reads it, BUT THEN HE REPLIES. This is a one way street so to speak. Words he sees make no sense. But he can still write. He can tell you how to spell something, but if you show him the word he just spelled, its gibberish.
The brain is an amazing thing, and we really don’t understand it at all.
The brain per se has no sensory innervation, but the meninges covering it have . So, if someone is shot in the brain, then the bullet has to traverse through Scalp , Cranial bone and Meninges , before it enters the brain.
If the victim is fortunate enough to survive the bullet injury and doesn’t die or becomes unconscious instantly then , Yes, he will be in pain as except for the brain, rest of the structures damaged by bullet have sensory innervation.
I saw a story on Reddit about a guy that survived a gunshot wound to the head. Turns out the brain has no pain receptors so there’s no pain to speak of. Just a lot of confusion.
He was shot while driving in the middle of nowhere. They never found who did it. Probably just a bullet that wasn’t even meant for him.
He woke up off the road in his vehicle and his brain was trying to put everything back together. He didn’t recognize the numbers on his cell phone. His speech was garbled. He finally got it together enough to summon his dad. They told him at the hospital that he’d been shot in the head.
He had surgery and rehab and is very high functioning and holds down a job. He does have problems accessing information in his brain sometimes. And numbness in his body.
About as good as it gets being shot in the brain. Over 90% of head shots are fatal. So realistically speaking he’s lucky.