Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Las Vegas shooting suspect booked hotel overlooking Chicago's Lollapalooza festival, reports say

Las Vegas shooting suspect booked hotel overlooking Chicago's Lollapalooza festival, reports say

According to Las Vegas officials, 22,000 people were in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when Paddock allegedly began firing into the crowd from his 32nd floor hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, hundreds of yards away.

Officials also indicated Paddock booked a hotel in Chicago for the Lollapalooza music festival in August but didn't show up. "As you saw earlier this week the city conducts extensive public safety planning and training around major events, in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, to ensure public safety". He booked a second room August 3. Paddock specifically requested rooms be a "view room" overlooking Grant Park, which is where the annual concert is held. The Blackstone confirmed in a statement that rooms were booked in Paddock's name during Lollapalooza but that he did not stay there on those dates.

The Chicago Police Department says it is aware of the reports of a Stephen Paddock booking a room at the hotel, and the department has been in communication with federal agencies. This year the festival began on August 3 and finished on August 6.

Fenway Park may have been a target of the shooter who killed 59 people in Las Vegas. "We are cooperating with the authorities on this matter". It's been attended by celebrities and even Malia Obama.

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Police said Paddock, 64, had stockpiled weapons in his Mandalay Bay hotel room.

Media outlets also reported Thursday that Paddock may have scouted sites in Boston as well.

The gunman behind the Las Vegas shooting massacre may have considered staging attacks in other cities, according to multiple reports.

Officials have said there is no credible threat to Boston.

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