Police have revealed that a recent examination of Stephen Paddock’s brain has revealed no abnormalities, as reported by CBS 47.
A team of doctors examined the brain of the Las Vegas shooter, looking for evidence of some type of disorder or a brain tumor, the latter becoming a theory on a possible motive for the brutal killings.
“All those things that you would expect to find, we have not found,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said during a press conference.
The brain tumor theory had picked up steam in recent days when it was revealed that Charles Whitman, a gunman who killed 17 people from a watchtower in 1966, was found to have a small brain tumor, as noted by Newsweek.
The shooter’s brother, Eric Paddock, spoke to The Washington Post before the autopsy was conducted and expressed hope that doctors would find something in Stephen’s brain, believing that the only possible motive was that “something broke in his head.”
“I’m hoping they cut open his brain and find something. There’s a data point missing,” he said.
Lombardo told reporters that a toxicology report was still forthcoming, which could help explain why the Las Vegas resident shot and killed 59 people and injured hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente has noted that motive may extend beyond whatever results the toxicology report provides, suggesting there may have been “some sort of major trigger in his life—a great loss, a breakup or maybe he just found out he has a terminal disease.”
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, Paddock had been prescribed valium, which has been linked to aggressive behavior.
“If somebody has an underlying aggression problem and you sedate them with that drug, they can become aggressive,” said Dr. Mel Pohl, chief medical officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center.
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