Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen shot eight times, autopsy reveals
Police shot Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen eight times, an autopsy report released Friday reveals.
The 29-year-old gunman’s system was free of illegal drugs and alcohol the night of the June 12 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, according to the report by the Orlando County medical examiner’s office. But anabolic steroids were detected in his urine.
Mateen died in a gun battle with police about three hours after he opened fire on the crowded gay nightclub near downtown Orlando. Mateen shot more than 100 people during his rampage; 49 of the victims died.
Authorities have said 13 SWAT members engaged Mateen in a massive gunfight after police breached a back wall of the club around 5 a.m.
According to the autopsy, the officers’ bullets struck Mateen in the head, chest, abdomen, calf and feet. The medical examiner notes “stippling, soot or muzzle imprints” were absent from Mateen’s wounds, indicating he was shot at long range.
Mateen’s autopsy was made public, along with those of 31 of his victims.
“With consideration to their loved ones, yesterday the medical examiner’s office began contacting the immediate family of the victims to personally notify them that the autopsy reports had been completed and were being organized for release to the public,” officials said in a written statement.
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Among the reports released Friday were the autopsies of Akyra Murray, Christopher A. Leinonen, Christopher Sanfeliz, Darryl Burt, Eddie Justice, Edward Sotomayor, Enrique Rios, Eric Ortiz Rivera, Jason Josaphat, Javier Reyes, Jean Mendez Perez, Jerald Wright, Juan Chavez-Martinez, Joel Rayon Paniagua, Jonathan Camuy Vega, Juan Chavez-Martinez, Juan Rivera Valazquez, Kimberly Morris, Luis Conde, Luis Ocasio Capo, Luis Vielma, Luis Wilson Leon, Martin Benitez Torres, Mercedez Flores, Miguel Honorato, Oscar Aracena Montero, Paul T. Henry, Peter Gonzalez Cruz, Shane Tomlinson, Stanley Almodovar, Xavier Serrano Rosado and Yilmary Rodriguez-Solivan. Other death reports will be made public by late Monday, the coroner said. The first set of autopsies reveals that all of the victims were shot, some of the suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
The FBI is still investigating the attack, but according to phone transcripts released in late June, Mateen called 911 and swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State while he opened fire in the club.
Jason Sickles is a national reporter for Yahoo News. Follow him on Twitter (@jasonsickles).