Tucson shooting: forensic pathologist’s report

by Kathryn Elliott

A county medical examiner released the autopsy reports on Monday for the six people slain the in Tucson, Ariz., shootings, the New York Times reported.

Despite blocking attempts from gunman Jared Loughner’s defense lawyers, the reports were identified as public documents.

A Pima County forensic pathologist found that some victims were shot more than once and injured in the head and hands when they fell, but in all six cases, the cause of death was the same: homocide.

Among other results, 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green died from a single shot that pierced her right kidney, stomach, and intestines.

For Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ aide, Gabriel Zimmerman, the examiner found two points of entry for gunshot wounds: the left buttocks and the head, “with perforations to the skull and brain.”

From an Arizona Daily Star article, here’s how each of the six victims died:

• Judge John M. Roll, 63, a federal judge: One gunshot wound.

• Christina-Taylor Green, 9: One gunshot wound on her torso that struck her heart and kidney.

• Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, a Giffords aide: One gunshot wound.

• Dorothy Jean Morris, 76: Two gunshot wounds.

• Phyllis Schneck, 79: One gunshot wound.

• Dorwan Stoddard, 76: Two gunshot wounds.