Lollapalooza festival, airport among Las Vegas shooter's targets

Cesar Mills
October 8, 2017

Paddock's booking of the hotel room, first reported by TMZ, comes as investigators, trying to determine a motive for the Las Vegas shooting, have been trying to track Paddock's movements in the days before he opened fire from the Mandalay Bay casino resort on Sunday night.

TMZ said both rooms had a checkout of August 6th.

However, Paddock never checked into the hotel and there is now no evidence that supports he was in Chicago around those dates.

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

In a statement, the Blackstone emphasized that no one by the name of Stephen Paddock actually stayed in the hotel during the Lollapalooza run.

Authorities are also investigating whether Paddock rented several units at The Ogden, a luxury condo tower overlooking a bigger music festival, called Life is lovely, in downtown Las Vegas the weekend before Sunday's slaughter, a law enforcement source told NBC News.

He also researched hotels around Boston's Fenway Park, a senior law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.

These new disclosures suggest Paddock might have been planning an attack months before the massacre in Las Vegas.

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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said he was surprised Paddock had provided so few clues, and that it has made their probe extremely challenging.

The line up for this year's four-day festival included artists Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Muse, and Arcade Fire.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters that Paddock had used Airbnb to book a room at The Ogden. "They're going to be around the runners", Riccio said.

Investigators found material used to make exploding targets in containers in Paddock's vehicle, along with about 1,600 rounds of ammunition, Lombardo said.

Lombardo said the shooter lived a "secret life" and "meticulously planned" the worst domestic attack in recent USA history.

After finding materials for explosives and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle, investigators are also looking into whether Paddock planned another attack.

Danley, who was overseas for more than two weeks, said she was initially pleased when she was wired money from Paddock to buy a house for her family in the Philippines.

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