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Vegas madman booked Chicago hotel overlooking Lollapalooza festival just two months before massacre

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Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock reportedly booked a room in a Chicago hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival in August and may have targeted other venues as well.

The gunman, who opened fire on thousands of Las Vegas concert goers from his Mandalay Bay hotel room Sunday night, had booked one room for Aug.1 at the Blackstone Hotel, just two days before the festival was to open, a law enforcement official told USA Today on Thursday.

Paddock booked a second room Aug. 3 and both rooms had a checkout date of Aug. 6, the last day of the festival. The Chicago hotel said no one by that name stayed at the hotel, ABC News reported.

A picture of a computer screen at the Blackstone Hotel purports to show the check-in information and was published by TMZ, which first reported the hotel booking.

(Image: TMZ.com)

Paddock allegedly requested both rooms be a “view room” overlooking the concert venue, Grant Park, alongside Lake Michigan. The hotel, located across the street from the park, overlooked the main stage, several adjoining stages, the main entrance and the exit to the event which draws hundreds of thousands of people each year.

(Image: via USA Today)

The line up for this year’s four-day festival included artists Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Muse, and Arcade Fire. Former President Obama’s daughter, Malia, was reportedly at the event as was Chicago Mayor Rahn Emanuel.

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Authorities were not sure why Paddock was in Chicago during the festival, according to the law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

USA Today reported:

In addition to Paddock’s bookings in Chicago, a federal law enforcement official says the gunman also expressed interest in Boston in the past several months, prompting authorities to notify local authorities there.

The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said Thursday that information referencing other locations is being drawn from investigators’ continuing analysis of Paddock’s communications devices.

Although investigators believe the digital and physical trail Paddock has left in his wake is crucial to resolving his motive for the attack, the official cautioned that the information recovered — including his interests in locations beyond Las Vegas — have so far not led authorities to any firm conclusions.

 

Though it is not known if Paddock intended to target the Lollapalooza music festival, investigators are still trying to determine the motive behind the Las Vegas massacre, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history that left 58 concert goers dead and over 500 injured.

The 64 year-old, who killed himself as police tried to break into his room, had also booked a room at Las Vegas’ Ogden hotel the week before the Route 91 Harvest festival, Las Vegas authorities confirmed Wednesday according to USA Today.

Investigators plan to review footage from security cameras at the Ogden to determine if Paddock had targeted the Life is Beautiful three-day music and arts festival.

 

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