Las Vegas Shooter Was Sober, Autopsy Finds, Leaving His Motives A Mystery


An autopsy report for Stephen Paddock revealed nothing new about what might have driven him to open fire on a Las Vegas country music festival in October, killing 58 people and injuring more than 850 others.

Toxicology tests showed Paddock’s system contained anti-anxiety medication – specifically, levels of benzodiazepines consistent with the drug Valium – but that he was not under the influence of them, since the substances were found in his urine and not in his blood, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Benzodiazepines are sedatives typically prescribed to help treat anxiety and insomnia.

Paddock’s toxicology report also showed small amounts of lead, arsenic, antimony and selenium found in Paddock’s blood, but not at levels that would have caused violent or aggressive behavior, the newspaper reported.

“It seems that based on the autopsy reports there were no physical excuses for what Steve did,” Paddock’s younger brother, Eric Paddock, told the newspaper. “We may never understand why Steve did this.”

Paddock’s autopsy report was released Friday to The Associated Press and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who had filed a lawsuit to obtain the results.

The autopsy included a separate examination of Paddock’s brain, conducted at Stanford University, which also found nothing unusual, according to The Associated Press.

In fact, other than having high blood pressure and bad teeth, Paddock was “a sober, healthy 64-year-old,” the AP reported.

Paddock’s autopsy occurred on Oct. 6, five days after the massacre, according to a preliminary report on the investigation released last month by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Las Vegas police detectives, along with FBI evidence team members, were there for the procedure at the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner.

The 81-page preliminary investigative report detailed Paddock’s meticulous planning leading up to the attack: How he stockpiled weapons and ammunition; how he gradually moved them, undetected, into his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; and how he used his vantage point from that room to inflict a barrage of bullets for more than 10 minutes on an unsuspecting crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival below.

Paddock acted alone, the report concluded. But what investigators still couldn’t answer was why Paddock, a man with no criminal history, enacted the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

“No suicide note or manifesto was found,” investigators wrote. “There was no evidence of radicalization or ideology to support any theory that Paddock supported or followed any hate groups or any domestic or foreign terrorist organizations. Despite numerous interviews with Paddock’s family, acquaintances and gambling contacts, investigators could not link Paddock to any specific ideology.”

When police breached Paddock’s suite after the massacre, they found his body on the floor, blood pooling behind his head. A handgun was near his body and shell casings littered the floor around him.

A gunshot wound was found in Paddock’s mouth, the police report stated.

“The cause of Paddock’s death was an interoral gunshot wound and the manner of death was ruled a suicide,” the police report stated.

Paddock had repeatedly told family and friends “that he consistently felt ill, in pain or fatigued,” the police report said.

A doctor in Las Vegas who said he had been Paddock’s primary-care physician since 2009 told investigators he last saw Paddock about a year before the attack, for an annual checkup. Paddock’s only major ailment was a slip and fall at a casino about three years earlier, the doctor said.

The doctor described Paddock as “odd,” noting that he believed Paddock may have had bipolar disorder but saying that Paddock refused to discuss the topic, the Las Vegas police report said.

The doctor said Paddock refused antidepressant medication but accepted prescriptions for treating anxiety. Paddock appeared to be afraid of medications, the doctor told investigators, and would often refuse to take them.

“We have done a lot of work trying to piece together what happened,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a news conference then. “This report won’t answer every question, or even the biggest question, as to why he did what he did.”

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Amy B Wang, Mark Berman



    • They should have a good look at his computer. I prefer windows but have heard voices say that Mac is pretty good. I am getting a message now I think. Shhh, I am listening.

  1. Not only was he sober, but for a 64 year old man without any military experience to kill and maim about 700 people in less than 5 minutes and then have the clarity of mind to kill himself is something that belongs in the Guinness Book of World Record. Nice story for those who trust Fakestream Media’s propaganda and despise conspiracy theories.

    • He fired for 10 minutes, with bump stocks, firing thousands of rounds. He fired into a packed crowd from 32 floor. You don’t need much training to kill and wound that many when you are firing down into such a packed crowd. And whats with this “clarity of mind to kill himself” that you keep talking about? He is a psychopath, whose mind was twisted, and that’s why he killed himself, like many psychopaths out there. But you should continue to believe the conspiracy theories, after all, the neo-Nazi websites that you read all say they’re true.

      • Mr. Skeptic: Throughout the several years that, B’H, I have been privileged to make remarks on Matzav’s articles, I have always avoided directly criticizing other remarks that were wrong. However, here, unfortunately, there is an obligation to protest a wrong that was done to other people.

        With exceedingly sharp sarcasm, you conclude your remark to Mr. Anonymous: “But you should continue to believe the conspiracy theories, after all, the neo-Nazi websites that you read all say they’re true.” Wow!! That (he reads, not just one, but many neo-Nazi websites) is a pretty heavy accusation that you have hurled at Mr. Anonymous!! I mean Mr. Anonymous obviously reads and comments here on Matzav, a Jewish Frum website, so it would seem to be exceedingly unlikely that he would be also reading a lot of and getting his information from the epitome of Sonei Yisroel websites!! So how do you know that he actually does that??? You obviously do not have access to his Internet service provider’s account, and you obviously never saw his computer and checked through his online logs. So how do you know that he does that???

        Your answer is because, here in this case of the Las Vegas massacre, he believes — what is a totally logical contention that many people have about it — that other severely wicked people were involved. So since here in this case he believes this particular “conspiracy theory,” this is “proof” that he reads Nazi websites! Now, incidentally, it is obvious that your Nazi-website- accusation is directed not only at this one Mr. Anonymous, it is directed at ALL of the many likely thousands of people, who here in this Las Vegas case believe this theory.

        Furthermore, that their belief in this theory (according to you) is absolute air-tight “proof” that they are reading and getting their information from Neo-Nazi websites, clearly shows that (according to you) Neo-Nazi websites are the ONLY websites in the entire world that say and support this theory.

        Furthermore, the wording of your remark, is in the plural: “ . . . believe THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES . . . . the Neo-Nazi websites . . . . say THEY’RE true.” So, clearly, you are not talking only about THIS ONE conspiracy theory regarding the Las Vegas massacre; instead, you are also talking about ALL conspiracy theories, charging that ALL of them are said and backed up ONLY by Neo-Nazi sources.

        In recent years, numerous major events have occurred; with nearly every one, there has been at least one conspiracy theory put forth to show that the incident was a bit more complicated and deeper than the official published version. BE’H, let us look at the event that has with it probably the very largest amount of conspiracy theories: the assassination of the former President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The very famous “Gallup Poll,” on their website at, documents that — understandably the numbers do vary at different times — throughout the over 50 years since the event, a solid majority of Americans have believed that the assassination was some form of a conspiracy. The famous online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, in its article on the topic at (section “Public Opinion”) lists several other mainstream media polls that showed the same fact.

        A solid majority of Americans, how many over-one-hundred-million-people is that??? So how truly likely is it that every single one of those over one hundred million American people got his or her information-that-indicated-a-conspiracy from super crazy or/and super Sonei Yisroel neo-Nazi sources??? Is there any indication at all that, that is what happened??? Is there any indication at all that every single one of the myriads of theories and postulations of conspiracy that have been put forth about the assassination was based upon some super crazy or/and super Sonei Yisroel neo-Nazi source???

  2. Unless there is a serious cover up going on here ; we are giving too much attention which encourages other potential crazies to act out.
    Someone who knows to run and hide after they murder isn’t as crazy as we think they are. We are crazy for focusing too much on analyzing the particular brand of insanity

  3. Quote: “We may never understand why Steve did this.” Well, the autopsy report just mentioned one of the reasons — Quote: “Toxicology tests showed Paddock’s system contained anti-anxiety medication – specifically, levels of benzodiazepines consistent with the drug Valium,” and (not shown in this write-up) the Las Vegas Review-Journal points out on this item: “Diazepam is a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of benzodiazepines, WHICH STUDIES HAVE SHOWN CAN TRIGGER AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR” (emphasis mine).

    A second reason — Quote: “Paddock’s toxicology report also showed small amounts of lead, arsenic, antimony and selenium found in Paddock’s blood, but not at levels that would have caused violent or aggressive behavior, the newspaper reported.” However, along with these heavy metals, (not mentioned in this write-up) there was also found in his system amounts of MERCURY, which is an excessively potent neurotoxin, that, even in very small amounts, can, in some people, cause aggressive behavior.

    See full discussion of theses items at, where it is also shown the TOTAL ABSOLUTE IMPOSSIBILITY that Mr. Paddock pulled this massacre off all by himself.

    • So I thought I knew where this was going- all the medicines and chemicals in his system caused him to snap, and it’s the fault of Big Pharma, vaccines, etc., and we need to stop vaccinating, get rid of GMO, only organic natural remedies, etc. But then you end off by saying that it’s impossible that he pulled it off by hinself. I think you’re mixing up 2 conspiracy theories together? Then again, conspiracy theories don’t really need to make sense. Keep on reading (or what you call “researching”) these great websites, you will learn some really fascinating things, like the aliens who landed in Arizona and control the government, like the Holocaust was a hoax, like the Jews were behind 9/11…..

      • So you are declaring that the people who are trying to point out that many modern day concoctions (insecticides, GMO’s, etc., etc.) that we have been told are “good” are in reality not so good, ARE EXACTLY one and the same severely wicked Sonei Yisroel people who say that the Nazis were good nice guys who never hurt anyone and it was “the Jews” who brought down the Twin Towers??????? Wow!! This statement here is 100 times more absurd than the one above!!

  4. Please be aware that the inclusion of suspected bipolar disorder in this report – is a serious disservice to most of the people who have bipolar disorder. People who kill people are murderers. Intense emotions do not cause most people to kill. Bipolar or not. It is a decision that this person made. Which makes him a rasha, plain and simple. Only Hashem Himself is in a position to judge him favorably somehow.

    By linking a diagnosis that many very respectable people carry, a stigma gets perpetuated. When a person who is dealing with the challenges Hashem gave him has a dangerous aggressive feeling, he has to deal with it. If he was raised in an environment that is moral, he knows that killing people can not be O.K. Even a person who is in denial about the challenges Hashem gave him; if he was raised in an environment that is moral, he knows that killing people can not be O.K.

    Statements that breed fear due to lack of knowledge are not new. Who knows how much Jewish blood was spilled as a result of an “educated” clergy/leader inciting ignorant peasants/citizens, with rhetoric about how dangerous Jews are.

    As a child, sadly, I was afraid of young adults with Downs Syndrome, who were present at the local Jewish Community Center. At that time people did not say Downs Syndrome in a normal voice. They would lower their voices, and sort of whisper, often using inappropriate terminology. It certainly sounded like they were referring to something too scary or dangerous to be spoken about normally. I can only wonder how painful it must have been for those sweet, harmless, members and their relatives, to see us react to them by running away in fear.
    Boruch Hashem, we have come far in overcoming such irrational beliefs.

    Dangerous people should be avoided. Ignorance should also be avoided.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here