Investigators probe Vegas sniper’s ‘grey matter’ for answers to deadly shooting
INVESTIGATORS are probing the brain of Vegas sniper Stephen Paddock as they puzzle out what drove him to carry out the deadliest shooting in US history.
The New York Post reports the 64-year-old’s body has been transported to Stanford University in California, where neuropathologists will turn their microscopes on the gunman’s grey matter.
Microscopic tissue examination can reveal otherwise hidden conditions such as dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.
Paddock’s brain has so far shown no obvious sign of tumour, injury or abnormality during a more routine autopsy conducted last week by Vegas coroners, according to officials — who have yet to release toxicology results or an official cause and manner of death.
Las Vegas police have struggled to piece together a coherent timeline of events for the shooting that killed 58 people and wounded more than 500.
Police presented a third version of the timeline of events for the attack on Saturday saying they responded immediately to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who oversees the Las Vegas police department, told reporters that gunman Stephen Paddock shot at Mandalay Bay hotel security guard Jesus Campos outside his room about the same time he opened fire on the more than 20,000 concertgoers at an outdoor venue.
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Previously, police said that Paddock shot Campos six minutes before he started firing on the crowd, raising questions as to whether police and hotel security could have acted faster to prevent casualties in the attack.
“In the public space, the word ‘incompetent’ has been brought forward,” Lombardo said. “I am absolutely offended with that characterisation.”
“Nobody is attempting to hide anything. The dynamics and the size of the investigation require us to go through voluminous amounts of information in order to draw an accurate picture,” he said of the changing timeline on Friday.
Campos was shot in the leg when Paddock sprayed the hallway with about 200 bullets, police said.
Paddock, who placed cameras in the hotel hallway to monitor activity, also injured 546 people before killing himself. He also took shots at jet fuel tanks and targeted police officers responding to the scene, investigators said in portraying a killer who seemed determined to inflict even more carnage than the 58 people he murdered. No motive for the attack has been made public.
The third timeline could affect claims brought by some victims that depend on the hotel’s allegedly delayed response after Campos was shot. One lawyer told Reuters MGM may have acted quickly but questioned whether “reasonable precautions” were in place.