Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Las Vegas gunman booked hotel rooms overlooking an earlier music festival

Las Vegas gunman booked hotel rooms overlooking an earlier music festival

"It's troublesome this individual was able to move this amount of gear inside the hotel room unassisted, Clerk County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said".

Paddock killed himself after shooting into a concert crowd, killing 58 and wounding almost 500.

In a statement released to the Chicago Tribune, chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said authorities are investigating the report.

USA media, citing multiple anonymous law enforcement sources, reported that searches of the Las Vegas gunman's communications and electronic equipment found that he had scouted locations in both Chicago and Boston.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly inspected the tanks, which construction crews have since repaired and painted, and measured the direction of the gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the hotel where Paddock fired on a crowd of about 22,000 people below.

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Stephen Paddock rented a room in August at Chicago's downtown Blackstone Hotel, but never checked in. But Paddock didn't show up.

Paddock opened fire Sunday on a country music concert from a Las Vegas hotel room and killed 58 people. A spokeswoman for the hotel issued a statement, saying, "We can confirm that there was no guest under that name who stayed in our hotel during the Lollapalooza music festival". Malia Obama attended the event this year, which usually attracts hundreds of thousands of people.

Paddock's purported room service receipt at the Mandalay Bay reveals he ordered an Angus double burger and a bagel with cream cheese, potato soup, mineral water and two Pepsi drinks.

A report via NBC News told of Paddock "testing" out a myriad of locations, including doing online research for hotels near Fenway.

An anonymous tipster alerted police to the reservations, WBBM reported.

Paddock booked a room that overlooked Chicago's Lollapalooza, the perennial music festival that draws over 400,000 people over four days in early August, local media, as well as the Associated Press have reported. They also said they still have no motive for the attack.

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

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

News of a Chicago connection prompted officials to beef up security for a weekend marathon in which more than one million spectators and some 40,000 participants were expected.

The Blackstone Hotel, where Paddock made the reservations, overlooks the main stage and other stages at Grant Park where the music festival is held every year.

Of note, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Paddock using Airbnb to book a room at The Ogden during the three-day "Life is Beautiful" festival.

The coroner's office in Las Vegas would not release details of its autopsy on Paddock. Investigators have examined Paddock's politics, his finances, any possible radicalization and his social behavior - typical investigative avenues that have helped uncover the motive in past shootings.

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