On Friday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal finally obtained Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's autopsy report and it appears that Paddock's system was full of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

The release of the autopsy report has been coming for a long time.  In fact, at the beginning of February, Clark County Nevada Coroner John Fudenberg defied a court order from a district court judge to release the autopsy report, even though he had released the autopsy reports of virtually every victim of the shooting in December.

According to the LVRJ:

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The autopsy, which included toxicology tests and a brain examination, found that Paddock had anti-anxiety medication in his system. It also confirmed what authorities had previously said — that Paddock died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head after he opened fire at an outdoor concert from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

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The bullet that killed Paddock entered the roof of his mouth and traveled to the back of his head and then upward without exiting his body, leaving fractured bones along the way, the report says. Paddock also had scrapes on his right upper calf and knee and a bruise on his left calf.

A separate examination of his brain done at Stanford University found no major abnormalities, including no evidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

Amounts of nordiazepam, oxazepam and temazepam, which are consistent with the anti-anxiety drug Valium, were found in his urine, a toxicology report shows. There was no mention in the results of substances associated with alcohol.

“It seems that based on the autopsy reports there were no physical excuses for what Steve did,” said Paddock's brother Eric, who had to wait nearly four months to get his brother's cremated body. “We may never understand why Steve did this.”

That's not entirely true.  Many anti-depressants and other psychotropic drugs have been found to be used by a variety of mass shooters since the shooting that occurred at Columbine High School in 1999.

Let me just remind you of a few.

  • Eric Harris, 18, from Columbine High School, shot 12 fellow students and a teacher. He had been taking Luvox and several other anti-depressants.
  • TJ Solomon, 15, wounded six at Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia. He was on Ritalin.
  • Chris Pittman, 12, shot and killed his grandparents at close range, and then set their house on fire. He was on Zoloft.
  • Jason Hoffman, 18, wounded two teachers and three students at Granite Hills High School. He was on Effexor and Celexa.
  • Cory Baadsgaard, 16, took 23 classmates and the teacher hostage at Washington State High School. He was also on Effexor.
  • Elizabeth Bush, 14, shot at fellow students in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, wounding one. She was on Prozac.

Take a look at some of the side effects of some of the anti-depressant drugs:

  • Confusion
  • Depersonalization
  • Hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Manic reactions
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Delusions
  • Feeling drunk
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Homicidal ideation

While the preliminary report indicated some of the things in the autopsy report such as the suicide and where the shot was placed, it was the toxicology report that was the excuse that was given by the coroner as to why he would not comply with a judge's order to release the autopsy report.

However, in January, the Clark County coroner was also ordered to pay $32,000 in legal costs to the Las Vegas Review-Journal after refusing to release public records to the newspaper.

We are still left to wonder exactly what the motivation of Paddock was.  Is it possible he was driven under the influence of these drugs?  It's quite possible.  Or is it that he a patsy that was actually involved in a false flag attack, an Islamic jihad attack, a completely fake hoax (as some suppose) or a gun running operation gone wrong?

There is still video evidence that needs to be released to the public, which should be forthcoming in just weeks.

Until then, and even after, the speculations will abound.

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