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Deadly or mortal; destructive; devastating.

A fatal error in legal procedure is one that is of such a substantial nature as to harm unjustly the person who complains about it. It is synonymous with reversible error, which, in appellate practice, warrants the reversal of the judgment before the appellate court for review. A fatal error can warrant a new trial.

A fatal injury is one that results in death. It is distinguished from a disability in accident and disability insurance policies, which includes those injuries that prevent the insured from doing his or her regular job but do not result in his or her death.

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SAN YSIDRO, July 18, 1984 -- A man fatally shoots 21 people and injures 19 others at a McDonald's restaurant in a San Diego, California, suburb.
3 members of a notorious gang were fatally injured today after a shoot out with officers at Kokotoni area in Kilifi County.Two AK47rifles,Several ammunitions, Motorcycle, Cash and other items recovered.
On August 13, 2016, Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and his friend Thara Uddin were fatally shot as they left a New York City mosque by 35-year-old Oscar Morel.
And a 19-year-old, who has not been formally identified, was fatally shot and stabbed in Wood Green, North London, over the weekend.
On Sunday, a man believed to be aged 22 was fatally stabbed in Samos Road, Anerley, also in south London.
Police said that the suspect fatally shot himself and are investigating the incident.
The incident occurred when the two allegedly engaged in a fistfight in front of the house of their employer that ended in the victim getting fatally stabbed by his compatriot.
Speaking outside the family home in Wolverhampton yesterday, Mr Ellitts paid tribute to Keelan, who was fatally wounded in an attack on Tuesday night.
Earlier in the morning, the spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told TAP that a soldier was fatally hit by a bullet fired from his colleague's weapon in a barracks in Tunis.
Unidentified persons started firing at a youngster in Gujar Khan area, leaving him fatally injured.
JERUSALEM, October 9, 2016 (WAFA) - An unidentified Palestinian was fatally shot on Monday by Israeli forces' fire, after he carried out a shooting attack against Israelis in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Summary: Lebanese soldiers fatally shot a man who refused to stop his car at a checkpoint in the northeastern border town of Arsal Thursday.