A Las Vegas coroner has ruled that Stephen Paddock, the gunman who murdered 58 victims during a Las Vegas music festival in October, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press that Stephen Paddock’s death was a suicide which took place prior to officers reaching his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Fudenberg released a chart, detailing the injuries of the victims in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Of those who died, 21 were shot in the head, 36 sustained chest and back wounds and one was fatally injured by a gunshot to the leg.
Four victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds. All 58 deaths were ruled homicides, revealing that no one was trampled to death when trying to escape from the outdoor concert that turned into a massacre.
Authorities reported that more than 500 people were injured when Paddock, a high-stakes video poker gambler, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay into a crowd of 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival below.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Wednesday that the agency is unlikely to brief the public on the mass shooting until their report is released – sometime before the first anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, tragedy.
According to Rouse, reports from other agencies investigating the mass shooting will be released at different times, but the FBI’s report focuses on “the why” which is “what everybody wants to know.”
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said in November that Paddock fired more than 1,100 shots. Authorities also reported discovering approximately 4,000 unused rounds in Paddock’s hotel suite, along with 23 guns.
Fudenberg noted that autopsy reports in the case are not yet complete.
During the autopsy of Paddock’s body, a visual inspection of his brain revealed no abnormalities. Paddock’s brain was subsequently sent to Stanford University in California for further study.
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