gun·​fire | \ ˈgən-ˌfī(-ə)r \

Definition of gunfire

: the firing of guns

Examples of gunfire in a Sentence

We heard gunfire in the distance.

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The Marion Police department said Roger Randolph's body was found outside a bar, between two cars, after officers responded to gunfire around 5 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph's brother killed in shooting in Indiana," 16 June 2018 The gunfire lasted approximately 30 seconds, witnesses told the San Francisco Chronicle. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Four hurt in YouTube shooting chaos; woman believed to be shooter is found dead," 2 Oct. 2018 The gunfire started in the street and continued at the home. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Violent night in NW Atlanta ends with deadly shootout," 13 July 2018 About five minutes after the initial call about the gunfire, police received a call about a gunshot victim who had been taken to Saint Vincent Hospital. Andres Picon,, "Worcester police probe shooting of 22-year-old man," 12 July 2018 The gunfire came just as firefighters were preparing to leave the station to respond to a car fire. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Fire Department station struck by errant gunfire twice in two weeks," 10 July 2018 The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but a police spokesman said the gunfire apparently followed an argument over tools at the playground work site. Lynn Horsley And Hana Muslic, kansascity, "Son can't fathom crime that took his father's life on Overland Park school playground," 5 July 2018 Investigators for Beaudette's death aren't saying from which direction the gunfire came. CBS News, "After father's mysterious slaying at campsite, stories emerge of past shooting incidents," 28 June 2018 Early last Sunday morning, an argument broke out and ended in gunfire in what authorities say was a gang dispute of some sort. Jonathan Lai,, "Trenton, a city of contradictions, is laid bare by arts festival shooting," 23 June 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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: the firing of guns


gun·​fire | \ ˈgən-ˌfīr \

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