John Minchillo, Associated Press
Robert and Karen Henrichs of New Hyde Park, N.Y, visit Ground Zero to show solidarity with September 11th victims on what he calls a happy day, Monday, May 2, 2011, in New York.

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden was shot above his left eye, blowing away part of his skull.

The precision kill shot was delivered by a member of Navy's elite SEAL Team Six during a pre-dawn raid Monday on bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan.

Photos of bin Laden's injuries were transmitted to Washington as proof that the mission was a success. The administration wasn't releasing the photos Monday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.