Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Did the Las Vegas shooter plan a different attack?

Did the Las Vegas shooter plan a different attack?

Stephen Paddock, the gunman in the Las Vegas massacre, booked two rooms in the Blackstone Hotel overlooking Lollapalooza, according to TMZ.

TMZ published an image from a computer screen at The Blackstone Hotel, which showed a guest listed as Paddock/Stephen booking a room for August 1, and a second room on August 3.

Police say Stephen Paddock may have considered attacking another music festival prior to the Sunday night shooting in Las Vegas.

After paying for his girlfriend's trip to visit family in the Philippines, Paddock appears to have been in downtown Las Vegas from September 14 to 28, according to records reviewed by representatives of the El Cortez Hotel and Casino, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times on condition of anonymity.

"We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners", said chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"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", the statement read.

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The Chicago hotel's proximity to the outdoor concert stadium suggested a similar scenario to the Las Vegas mass shooting, which killed 58 and injured nearly 500.

A person who has seen Mandalay Bay hotel records that have been turned over to investigators said Wednesday they show Stephen Paddock asked for the two-room suite on the 32nd floor when he checked in last Thursday.

Officials said they haven't found evidence that Paddock traveled to either Chicago or Boston.

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

Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines days before the shooting, said a USA official who was not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation, according to the Associated Press.

Host John Weinreich says Paddock was a frequent but not daily visitor to the high-limit area, where attendants stand behind a desk and a platter of food is available to gamblers.

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Lollapalooza draws hundreds of thousands of music fans every year to Grant Park.

Investigators also found a computer and 23 guns with him at the hotel, along with 12 "bump stock" devices that can enable a rifle to fire continuously, like an automatic weapon, authorities said.

NBC News reported that he had specifically researched the Lollapalooza festival.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Aaron Rouse said that more than 100 agents are looking to help Las Vegas authorities figure out if Paddock had help in the shooting, according to The Los Angeles Times.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said he was surprised Paddock had provided so few clues, and that has proved challenging.

A week earlier, the 64-year-old rented a high rise apartment overlooking the Life is attractive concert.

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