The cause of death of the Las Vegas Shooter has now been officially determined by the Clark County, Nevada coroner to be a suicide. The horrific mass shooting occurred last October when a millionaire casino fanatic opened fire with modified rifles from his hotel.
64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured almost 500 more after firing into a crowded country music festival from a sniper perch in the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017.
The coroner's findings reveal that the gunman died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The findings also confirmed the 58 victims killed at the Route 91 country music festival died from gunshot wounds and none of the victims were killed from injuries received trying to escape during the shooting.
A common cause of serious injury or death at disaster events or massacres is trampling when hordes of people mobilize at once. Some victims from the concert even had boot marks on their clothing from being trampled during the attack.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg ruled the deaths of the 58 victims to be homicides as a matter of record. Paddock's death was the only death attributed to another cause, this one being suicide.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo offered a timeline of events that saw Paddock open fire on the crowd at 10:05 p.m. after taking shots at a security guard striking him once in the leg about 40 seconds before he turned his weapons on concert-goers.
Paddock was found with dozens of weapons and huge ammo stores along with intricate surveillance cameras setup around the room he was staying in. One officer named Joshua Bitsko described the intense moments leading up to the breach of the shooter's room on the 32nd floor.
He describes tons of smoke, fire alarms going off and flashing as they try to clear the hallway calling it a "deadly game of hide and seek because when you're the one hiding you always know a person's looking for you."
Officer Mathew Donaldson describes first entering the shooter's lair at the Mandalay Bay, "My initial scan, coming in the room with my rifle is just seein' I'm seeing one male down, bleeding from the face. He was not a threat. Kept going, kept going, kept going."
The over 500 victims who suffered injuries during the attack ranging from gunshot wounds to trampling injuries are suing the hotel and the Paddock estate.
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