Las Vegas gunman booked hotel overlooking Lollapalooza, report says

10 October, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Julian Swanson
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First reported by TMZ, Stephen Paddock booked two separate "view rooms" at the Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, but never showed up.

Investigators are probing the Las Vegas gunman's interest in other music festivals in the months before he killed 58 people and injured almost 500 at an outdoor country concert. Now, USA Today reports that Paddock booked hotel rooms overlooking Lollapalooza 2017.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump traveled to Las Vegas to meet with law enforcement officers and survivors of the shooting outside the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.

Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, who shot and killed 58 people and injured 500 more, was scouting both Chicago and Boston, NBC reported.

Days before that, Lombardo said Paddock rented a room overlooking another Las Vegas music festival, Life is handsome.

The amount of festivals held near high-rise hotels and office buildings is not exclusive to Las Vegas and Chicago, and includes multiple festivals nationwide.

Baker adds that police officials based in Boston are "fully plugged in" to the investigation and are in contact with Las Vegas authorities.

Gov. Charlie Baker also says he's aware of the reports but couldn't discuss further because of the ongoing investigation into the mass shooting.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse also said federal authorities have questioned the girlfriend of the gunman and no one has been taken into custody as a suspected accomplice.

It was hazy if Paddock at any point dared to either city, authorities said.

Lollapalooza draws hundreds of thousands of music fans every year to Grant Park.

The disclosures of Paddock's enthusiasm for other potential targets rose as examiners attempted to dive up pieces of information into the inspirations driving the deadliest shooting in present day American history.

The Boston Red Sox, who have a home playoff game Thursday against the Houston Astros, also released a statement about the new reports, according to CBS Local.

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's arsenal included tracer rounds that can improve a shooter's firing accuracy in the dark, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Friday.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said he was surprised Paddock had provided so few clues, and that has proved challenging.

Seven days before the assault, Paddock leased a room sitting above the three-day Life is attractive celebration in downtown Las Vegas.

The dates the reservations were made, July 23 and 27, show that Paddock spent quite some time planning his attacks but it is unknown why he chose not to go through with this particular attack.

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