Coroner: Las Vegas gunman shot himself in the mouth


The mass murderer who gunned down 58 victims during a Las Vegas music festival in October died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth, according to a coroner.

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, shown in an undated photo, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the mouth, Clark County, Nev., Coroner John Fudenberg said, December 21, 2017. All 58 deaths were ruled as homicides.

In a separate statement, the coroner's office added that 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock died from a gunshot wound to the head from the mouth - ruling the death a suicide. His death has been ruled a suicide.

The mass killer, armed with an arsenal of assault-style weapons and ammunition, also injured about 500 other people when he unleashed more than 1,100 rounds of gunfire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay into a crowd of 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival just below the hotel.

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) initially claimed responsibility for the shooting, but Paddock's family, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and US officials hesitated to believe that was the case.

The Associated Press and USA Today obtained an overview of the autopsy reports for all 58 of Paddock's victims, who all died of gunshot wounds.

"I believe that there is one person and one person alone to blame for what happened on One October, and that is Stephen Paddock", Rouse told the Review-Journal.

Full autopsies were not included in the report.

The cause and manner of death was delayed because Paddock's brain tissue was being examined by the Stanford University Department of Pathology. "Okay? Which is what everybody wants to know", Rouse told the newspaper. "And I just think about them".

During a November interview with KLAS, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock, a wealthy investor and gambler, had been losing money since 2015 leading to "bouts of depression". "So, obviously, that was starting to decline in the short period of time, and that may have had a determining effect on why he did what he did".

"We didn't leave anything uncovered", Rouse told the Review-Journal.