Las Vegas shooter booked hotel during Lollapalooza

Violet Powell
October 7, 2017

Paddock had booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, across the street from Grant Park where Lollapalooza has been held since 2005.

The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity after being briefed on the investigation. She said she was devastated by the carnage and would cooperate with authorities as they struggle to get inside Paddock's mind.

Anonymous officials say he also researched hotels near Fenway Park in Boston, where the Red Sox play. Detective Mike McCarthy said, with the police saying in a further statement that there was no threat to any venue in the city.

The police department added more than 1,000 officers to its marathon security deployment.

He made the reservation on Expedia, and learned that the hotel couldn't guarantee him a room overlooking Grant Park, where the multi-day concert takes place. An estimated 400,000 people, including former First Daughter Malia Obama, attended the four-day music festival in August.

TMZ reports Paddock booked one room at the Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan Av., for August 1 through August 6. The retired accountant rented multiple apartments at the Ogden, a luxury tower with a view of the Life is attractive alternative music festival.

At a Friday afternoon press conference, investigators said they were looking into whether he had tried to attack other similar events. He killed 58 and injured almost 500 before taking his own life. They observed the suspect down on the ground and also saw a second door that could not be accessed from their position. In the days following the shooting, officials have combed through the crime scene and Paddock's affairs, trying to determine if anybody else may have been involved.

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He plans to speak privately with victims of the Sunday night shooting rampage that left at least 59 dead. Paddock and his motive, and that more information would be made public soon, according to NBC News .

"Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood", Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news briefing on Wednesday night. He did not elaborate how: "I can't tell you".

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Those seeking to know the motive of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock have had little more to chase than hints and shadows. This year, the young woman was spotted dancing energetically just before making his return to Harvard, while last year she was allegedly seen smoking a joint. While there, he wired her $100,000 and told her to buy a home for her and her family.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something awful like this was going to happen", she said in a statement read by her lawyer.

She returned to the United States voluntarily, and was not arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation upon arrival.

The official said no evidence has been found that Paddock ever came to Chicago that weekend.

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