Medical Examiner: All Victims Believed Shot More than Once

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NEWTON, Conn. — The state’s chief medical examiner told reporters minutes ago in Newtown the “rifle” was used in the shooting, and that the rifle caused all of the wounds that he knew of.

He didn’t say what that rifle was, but a law enforcement source has previously said that the gunman was found dead with next to three guns: a semi-automatic .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and two pistols made by Glock and Sig Sauer.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, said he personally did postmortem examinations of seven victims’ bodies.

“All the wounds that I know of at this point were caused by the one weapon,” Carver said.

State police have released a list of those killed.

The state’s chief medical examiner says he believes all of the victims were shot more than once.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, speaking at a news conference in Newtown, said that all of the victims died of gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was homicide. The seven bodies he examined personally had three to 11 wounds each, he said.

“I believe everyone was hit more than once,” Carver said.

Postmortem examinations have been performed on all of the children; examinations of most of the adult bodies will be finished by this evening, Carver said.

Examinations of the bodies of Adam Lanza and his mother will be performed Sunday, Carver said. Lanza died at the school; his mother was killed at her home in Newtown, authorities have said.


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  • Johnny

    In a perfect world the Conn. killer's mother would have used, her, assault rifle to kill her son instead of vice versa.. That said parents should be able to legally abort their children till the age of 21.

  • Sophos Archaeus

    You misquoted the Med Examiner. He clearly says, over and over, that all the wounds he saw were caused by "the LONG weapon". He then affirms a reporters question that he meant the rifle. This is just before they ask about that rifle being found in the TRUNK of the dead mother's car, in the parking lot. He also obviously cannot identify the caliber of the rifle, though he tries to dodge and assert his self-ascribed expertise.