Sunday 26 May 2019

Gunfire killed all 58 victims in Las Vegas shooting, says coroner

A memorial displaying 58 crosses by Greg Zanis stands at the
A memorial displaying 58 crosses by Greg Zanis stands at the "Welcome To Las Vegas Sign" in Las Vegas (Mikayla Whitmore/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)

All 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting died of gunshot wounds, a coroner said on Thursday, revealing that no one was killed trying to escape from the massacre.

The deaths in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history were all ruled homicides, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press.

The only wound to the shooter, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was a self-inflicted gun shot to the mouth, Fudenberg said. His death was ruled a suicide.

Twenty-one people were shot in the head, 36 died with chest and back wounds and one died of a shot to the leg, according to a chart released by the coroner.

Four victims had multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities have said more than 500 people were injured when Paddock, a high-stakes gambler, unleashed gunfire from an upper floor of a high-rise casino hotel onto an outdoor country music festival below.

Police and the FBI have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.

Fudenberg said he waited to release post-mortem findings until all the families had been given the information.


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