Vegas Shooter Booked Hotel Room Overlooking Lollapalooza

Lorde at the Life is Beautiful festival last week
SUPPLIED Lorde at the Life is Beautiful festival last week
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07 October, 2017

A full two months before he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas from a 32nd-floor room of a hotel and killed 58 people, Stephen Paddock booked a room at a Chicago hotel that overlooks a park where a major music festival was held that weekend, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

Those seeking to know the motive of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock have had little more to chase than hints and shadows.

Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements before he undertook the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

According to the report, Paddock was aggressive and said that he need a room with a view because he would be celebrating his anniversary with his wife, and the two met at Lollapalooza.

Paddock had also attempted to book rooms at the Ogden, a luxury condo tower that overlooked the Life is handsome open-air festival held in Las Vegas from September 22-24.

However, Paddock never showed up for the reservation.

"We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners", Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.

When Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay on September 28, he specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, according to a person who has seen hotel records turned over to investigators and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Kiwi songstress Lorde, Chance the Rapper and United Kingdom rock band Muse were among the headliners at the September 22-24 festival.

New evidence now raises the prospect that the shooter who terrorized the Route 91 Harvest Festival may have considered other targets, including the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago's Grant Park and the Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas. Lollapalooza draws hundreds of thousands of music fans every year to Grant Park.

Shortly after the Life is attractive festival ended, Paddock checked into a 32nd-story suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Police have yet to comment on why he scouted the locations in Boston and Chicago, but a federal official said that authorities are looking into the possibility that Paddock may have planned additional attacks, potentially including a auto bombing. This was seen on closed-circuit television from the concert venue. They observed the suspect down on the ground and also saw a second door that could not be accessed from their position.

Monday: Investigators say they have located the suspect's girlfriend and say that she is overseas and is no longer a person of interest.

Investigators said that they are looking for the "roommate" of the shooter - Marilou Danley - and describe her as a person of interest.

Danley arrives back in the USA from the Philippines.

Police said Paddock spent decades acquiring weapons while living a "secret life" and may have planned to escape the mass shooting alive. "That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet", FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.


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