Coroner: gunshots did not kill Fresno shooting suspect Joshua Lewis

January 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
An accident and not gunfire killed the suspect who murdered one man and shot two other people Thursday night.

The carjacking and shooting spree ended in a ditch west of Fresno when 21-year-old Joshua Lewis crashed a stolen SUV. The Fresno County coroner said Lewis had been shot four times, but with small pellets, and the gunshots did not kill him.

Dr. David Hadden said preliminary autopsy results show Lewis suffered blunt force trauma injuries, like broken ribs, and it seems that is what killed him. Police had said Lewis walked out of the SUV after the crash, and then collapsed, but the coroner said it seems he was ejected.

Toxicology results are still pending.