Does a bullet shot into the air come down with a force strong enough to kill?

If you fire straight up in the air, no, it doesn't fall with a strong enough force to kill. But that's the caveat.  Straight up means the bullet tumbles down and it reaches a fairly slow terminal velocity, no different than if you'd dropped a penny from the same height.

But anything besides straight up (just at an upward angle) and it will still have a ballistic trajectory, will probably not tumble, and it will be moving at a velocity that will kill people.

A few years ago a 12-year-old died on the Fourth of July because a neighbor fired a gun in the air and the bullet came down into the boy's head.

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