A legal representative for the family of a Londonderry mother-of-six shot dead in her own back garden 50 years ago has said the question of "planning and control" of the soldiers was central to the inquest.
The hearing concerns the death of Kathleen Thompson, who died during an Army operation in Derry in November 1971.
Counsel for the family, Karen Quinlivan QC, was questioning a former soldier, KTM72, who had told of firing three shots after seeing muzzle flashes.
Earlier the former soldier had said when he fired shots he could "see shadows of people" but he could not see a person.
Ms Quinlivan put it to the witness he had not shouted a warning, and added "you did not see a gunman, you did not see a gun", and the witness replied: 'No, but I thought our lives were in danger."
The barrister put it to him: "When you came out of the house there was a lot of noise, binlids being banged and whistles being blown, and there was a lot of people around.
"You fired in the direction where you thought you saw shots and you were not firing at anyone recognisable as a gunman."
The ex-soldier said: "True."
Ms Quinlivan put it to the witness that this firing would have been in breach of the Yellow Card rules that governed when soldiers were allowed to fire.
At this point Joseph Aiken QC, counsel for KTM72, objected, saying the inquest was concerned about the death of Mrs Thompson, not other incidents when shots were fired.
Ms Quinlivan said the actions of the soldiers were central to the inquest, and already Soldier D had given evidence of firing in breach of the Yellow Card and here was a second soldier of the same regiment, the 2nd Royal Green Jackets, firing again in breach of the Yellow Card.
She again put it to the witness: "I suggest you fired in breach of the Yellow Card and you were not aiming at an identifiable gunman."
The witness replied: "I thought myself and my section were in danger and I fired."
Earlier, KTM72 had given evidence about leaving a house in Rathlin Drive after searching it on the night of November 5/6 and coming under fire. He said as he emerged from the house a crowd of people was outside.
The witness said he heard shots and could see muzzle flashes to his left. He claimed he fired three shots and a colleague with him fired twice.
The inquest continues.