Autopsy shows Pulse nightclub shooter was shot at long range

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) — The Orange County medical examiner’s office released results from autopsies of several victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, along with that of shooter Omar Mateen.

According to the Orlando Sentinel 32 total autopsies, including Mateen’s were released on Friday, as families and law enforcement look to uncover details about how the shooting unfolded.

Mateen’s autopsy revealed the 29-year-old, who killed 49 people in the attack, was shot at least eight times by police officers as they responded to the shooting, according to The New York Times. He was struck in several places, including the chest, abdomen and foot.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that officers shot at Mateen about 150 times during the standoff and his autopsy indicates he was likely shot from long range while facing police.

It remains unclear if anyone in the club besides Mateen was struck by police gunfire, but Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the possibility would be investigated.

“That’s part of the investigation, but here’s what I will tell you: Those killings are on the suspect,” he said.

Friday’s release featured 27 men, not including Mateen, and four women. The victims included in the report suffered a total of 130 gunshot wounds, and the majority died of multiple gunshots.

Autopsies of the other 18 victims are expected to be released next week.

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