Autopsies: A third of Pulse nightclub victims shot in head

Police cars surround the Pulse Orlando nightclub, the scene of a fatal shooting, in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – More than a third of the 49 patrons killed during the Pulse nightclub massacre were shot in the head and most of the victims had multiple bullet wounds.

Autopsy reports released this week also show that only three victims had traces of soot, gunpowder or stippling, meaning most of the victims were likely more than 3 feet away from Omar Mateen when they were shot.

The autopsies show that about half of the victims had five wounds or more, and one victim had 13 wounds.

Experts say the large number of head wounds suggests Mateen was targeting his victims rather than shooting randomly.

Mateen was killed by law enforcement officers following a three-hour standoff on June 12.

The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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