**Question**: You entered a room, of 34 people. a shooter then enters killing 30. how many people are left in the room?

**Answer**: This indeed is a bit tricky as people say 4 people but thats not correct answer.

If we read the riddle it asks ‘how many are in the bedroom’.

So 34 were already there in the room + 1 yourself.

So total of 35.

Wouldn’t it be 36 people since there were 34 people, and then you entered and the shooter entered?

36

34 already in the room

1 shooter enters

1 yourself

36 people

The riddle doesn’t say bedroom anywhere? What?

It’s 34

No. 34 +1=35. It didn’t say you left the room or that the shooter did. So it’s either 35 or 36.

The clue is the shooter enters killing 30. It doesn’t say he killed the 30 that was in the room. You are assuming that.

34 plus you is the information we are given.

That equals 35.

The shooter could have killed anyone, anyplace. The story does not state.

By a teacher 🙂

“The shooter then (after “you” have entered) enters killing 30″ is pretty unambiguous about how many he/she killed, when, and where. He/she killed 30 of the 36 people in the room after entering it; 36 = 34 + you + the shooter. The shooter might’ve killed “you”, or even him/herself, but we know the total is 30. Assuming nobody left the scene, and assuming that living people and dead people are all “people”, the answer has to be 36. 30 dead people + 4 not-dead people + you + the shooter.

But the question IS ambiguous in some ways. It doesn’t say that everyone involved (who wasn’t dead) stayed in the room, so there is no way to know. The question needed to be defined a bit more precisely.

But wouldn’t the five surviving people flee the room? And wouldn’t the shooter? Then it would be 30

Please help me figure it out.

it is 36

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35