LAS VEGAS (AP) — The coroner in Las Vegas says the body of the man who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been sent to Stanford University for study.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Friday that an autopsy was completed on 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, but a finding on a cause and manner of his death is not expected for several months.
Authorities say the Las Vegas shooter had no visual abnormalities in his brain.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Friday that Stephen Paddock that an autopsy found nothing unusual during a visual inspection.
Fudenberg says it will await the results of multiple forensic analyses at Stanford, including a neuropathological examination of Paddock’s brain tissue.
The coroner says the bodies of all 58 victims in the Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert on the Las Vegas Strip were returned to next-of-kin by Oct. 6.
Fudenberg says Paddock’s body will be returned to his family after forensic test results are known.
Authorities haven’t determined why Paddock opened fire on a concert crowd, killing 58 people before shooting himself. Some believed an autopsy could shed light on any medical problems that could have contributed.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse says investigators have found no signs that Paddock had ideologies or connections to any groups.
The tragic shooting in Las Vegas was on the minds of former Vice President Al Gore and other speakers at a national green energy conference at a hotel-casino on the Strip.
Gore gave the keynote address Friday at the National Clean Energy Summit hosted by ex-Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval at the Bellagio Resort and Casino. It’s about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the Mandalay Bay where Stephen Paddock was perched on the 32nd floor when opened fire Oct. 1.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Gore, Sandoval and MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren each addressed the attack in their opening remarks.
The governor said it has “wounded us deeply, but it has also brought us together.”
Gore referenced the “Las Vegas Strong” slogan and said, “We’re all with you.” He said the entire country is grieving with Las Vegas “and holds you in our hearts.”
As for the shooting’s timeline, which has been questioned, authorities say they stand by their timeline of the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, which has been disputed by the hotel where the gunman opened fire.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Friday that Stephen Paddock rained down bullets on a concert crowd starting at 10:05 p.m. Oct. 1. He has said that six minutes earlier, Paddock sprayed 200 rounds from his Mandalay Bay room into the hallway, hitting a security guard in the leg.
That timeline released earlier this week differed from a week ago, when authorities said the guard was shot after Paddock opened fire on the crowd.
The changes led to questions about why police and hotel security weren’t able to stop Paddock sooner.
Lombardo pushed back against criticism over the timeline, saying he was “absolutely offended” over any suggestion that authorities bungled the response.
Mandalay Bay officials have disputed whether six minutes actually passed between the first gunfire in the hallway and the start of the concert rampage.
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