Gunman in Las Vegas massacre was sober, according to autopsy report

Gunman in Las Vegas massacre was sober, according to autopsy report
From CBC - February 9, 2018

The much anticipated autopsy report on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock did nothing to help explain why he carried out the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. historyhis body did not hold diseases or drugs or other substances that could have caused aggressive behaviour.

In fact, it showed he was a sober, healthy 64-year-old.

The report was released Friday in response to a lawsuit by The Associated Press and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The report showed gunman Stephen Paddock had anti-anxiety drugs in his system diazepam, known by the brand name Valiumbut was not under the influence of them.

Paddock unleashed a barrage of bullets from his high-rise hotel suite into a crowd at a country music festival below, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800 others on Oct. 1. He fatally shot himself before officers stormed his hotel suite after the mass shooting.

The autopsy showed the 6-foot-1 (1.8 metre) Paddock was slightly overweight at 224 pounds (102 kilograms), had high blood pressure and bad teeth. But there was nothing unusual in his physical condition, even after a microscopic brain examination conducted by experts at Stanford University. His cremated remains were released to his brother in January.

Earlier Friday, Clark County District Judge Richard Scotti issued an unusual order to The AP and Review-Journal that an autopsy report about an off-duty police officer killed in the mass shooting, which was released by another judge last week, must be returned. The AP and Review-Journal are appealing.

The motivation for the shooting has been a mystery since Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel, despite intensive investigation by local police and federal authorities.

A preliminary report released last month by Las Vegas police said the high-stakes gambler had been on a losing streak, was obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend.

Doctor suspected bipolar possibility


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