McNair Autopsy: 3 Distant Shots, 1 Close-Up

Kazemi shot with gun touching head

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 7, 2009 6:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three of the four gunshots that killed Steve McNair came from more than 3 feet away, while the fourth was close-range, the football star's autopsy concludes. His girlfriend’s wound came from a contact shot, meaning the gun was touching Sahel Kazemi’s head, the Tennessean reports. But that doesn’t show conclusively that it was a suicide, the medical examiner noted in detailing the results yesterday. “All the autopsy tells us is that her wound is potentially self inflicted.”

The scene seems to fit a murder-suicide, but a number of factors aren’t typical of such cases, the examiner said: Murder-suicides are usually committed by men, and there’s usually past domestic violence in the relationship or the shooter has mental problems. “We like to have as many factors as possible before we make a determination.”

People look over the condominium complex in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, July 5, 2009, where Steve McNair was found dead Saturday, July 4.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Police spokesman Don Aaron, right, answers questions about the death of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair at a news conference in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, July 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
A police officer gets ready to process the Nashville apartment where Steve McNair was shot on Saturday, July 4, 2009 in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Ed Rode)
This combo shows Steve McNair, left, in a 2003 season file photo and Sahel Kazemi in an undated booking photo from the Davidson County Sheriff.   (AP Photo)
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