The body of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock is in the Bay Area after the local coroner has completed his own autopsy. As the Associated Press reports, the remains of the 64-year-old believed to be the sole perpetrator of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history has been sent to Stanford University for "multiple forensic analyses... including a neuropathological examination of Paddock’s brain tissue."
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg tells the AP that the final results of the autopsy and a finding on cause and manner of death won't be released for several months.
According to the UK Independent, there were "no abnormalities" observed in Paddock's brain in the initial autopsy, but investigators who remain desperate for clues as to Paddock's motive are seeking further analysis.
Nothing further has emerged about the man in the two weeks since he sprayed thousands of bullets on a crowd of concertgoers on October 1. Las Vegas police have suggested that he took special aim at police vehicles as they arrived, and that resulted in one on-duty officer being shot through "his shoulder, through his biceps, into his chest and out his back."
Questions emerged this week about the official timeline that had been given, specifically regarding the amount of time that elapsed between when a hotel security guard was shot on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort, and when Paddock's shooting rampage began. As the LA Times reports, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo gave a defensive, emotional press conference Friday defending law enforcement's response to the attack, and assailing accusations of incompetence on the part of his officers.
Previously, it had been reported by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department that security guard Jesus Campos was shot in the leg outside Paddock's hotel room at 9:59 p.m., six full minutes before the shooting began, raising questions about how quickly police some of whom were already on hand inside the hotel at the time responded to the 32nd floor. Paddock's 10-minute rampage would be over by 10:15 p.m., and the fact that he was not stopped sooner has given rise to conspiracy theories on the internet, including some about some collusion between MGM Resorts, the owner of the hotel, and law enforcement, to conceal information.
"There is no conspiracy between the FBI and the LVMPD, MGM,” Lombardo said in the press conference, per the LAT. “Nobody is attempting to hide anything in reference to this investigation."