Random shot

a shot not directed or aimed toward any particular object, or a shot with the muzzle of the gun much elevated.

See also: Random

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It was a random shot, made without much expectation of effect, for the river was full half a mile in breadth.
He little thought of this when he made that random shot. "May I ask, my lad," I said, in the blandest voice, "what your trade may be?"
A certain doubt came up in my mind whether Sergeant Cuff's last random shot might not have hit the mark.
"Simply-- yes." He had gradually released his hold on the bar of the gate, as though he had acquired the conviction that no random shot could knock him over now.
The volume was "Ivanhoe," and Jim was in the great archery scene at the tournament, but suffered much interruption from Ben, who had fetched his own old bow and arrows, and was making himself dreadfully disagreeable, Letty thought, by begging all present to observe his random shots, which no one wished to do except Brownie, the active-minded but probably shallow mongrel, while the grizzled Newfoundland lying in the sun looked on with the dull-eyed neutrality of extreme old age.
Also, just grabbing the phone and taking a random shot in a car at night with streetlights and other car lights flashing behind you can be really cool."
Jones said it's unclear whether the girl was targeted or if she was hit by a random shot.
The deceased was photographing the ceremony in the cemetery when he was hit by random shot in his chest.
It was a random shot but in my opinion well-suited to the theme."
Stood down in favour of Random Shot, when tested positive for bute.
Would you perchance to try a random shot? Or would you prefer to head to your usual haunt?
"It's a random shot in the dark with no public vetting," he said, adding that because the article requires approval by the Legislature and the governor, there would be "no going back."