Sunday 22 October 2017

Brain exam on Las Vegas shooter shows no signs of abnormalities, despite brother 'hoping he had a tumour'

Gunman: Stephen Paddock
Gunman: Stephen Paddock
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An initial autopsy on Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock has revealed no abnormalities, despite his brother claiming that he had a tumour.

Little is known about the 64-year-old retiree’s mental health, but his brother previously told reporters that he was hoping authorities would find “a tumor in his head” in the days following his Las Vegas massacre.

Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds in a hail of bullets from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, overlooking a music festival, and then shot himself to death before police could storm his room.

"When Steve can do this, we are in deep s–t because there’s just nothing there,” his brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters last week.

“You find me where someone whose like Steve does this,” he said. “I hope to hell they find when they do an autopsy that there’s a tumor in his head or something, because if they don’t, we’re all in trouble.”

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says this wasn’t the case.

Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday, Lombardo described how Paddock’s autopsy, while still in its early stages, had not shown anything abnormal.

“All those things that you would expect to find, we have not found,” he said.

Police officials are still waiting for Paddock’s toxicology results to come back, but they believe he may have been on anti-anxiety medicine at the time of the mass shooting.

The avid gun owner was reportedly prescribed diazepam, which is known to cause aggressive behavior in people. He had been ordered to take one pill daily.

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