Friday, 20 October, 2017

Las Vegas shooter booked rooms at Chicago hotel during music festival

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Wilma Wheeler | 07 October, 2017, 00:29

They say Stephen Paddock rented rooms in high-rises overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and over the Life is handsome festival near the Vegas Strip in September.

"We can confirm that a reservation was made under the name Stephen Paddock, however authorities have not confirmed that this is the same person as the Las Vegas shooter". He later booked a second room for August 3 through August 6, the same days as Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

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.

The revelations raised the chilling prospect that Paddock had been planning an attack for at least two months before he launched the assault on Sunday, October 1, on a country music festival in Las Vegas, raining bullets on the crowd from a nearby hotel tower.

The gunman who carried out the worst mass shooting in recent USA history had booked a Chicago hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival in August, the website TMZ reported Thursday. In the end Paddock failed to turn up for the reservation.

"We are aware of recent media reports concerning Chicago and the Blackstone hotel and have been in communication with our federal partners", CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

The weekend before the massacre, he rented a room through Airbnb at the 21-story Ogden condominiums in downtown Las Vegas and stayed there during a music festival below that included Chance the Rapper, Lorde and Blink-182.

Several senior law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation into Paddock told NBC News that Paddock also researched a location in Boston. An estimated 400,000 people, including former First Daughter Malia Obama, attended the four-day music festival in August. This was seen on closed-circuit television from the concert venue. They also said they still have no motive for the attack.

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

Australia's foreign affairs department said Friday it is aware she is "a person of interest" and described her case as "a matter for USA law enforcement". 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.

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Lombardo declined to reveal why he believed that Paddock had an exit planned, but said he was confident in the claim - and said that his scheme was so elaborate that he would have to be a "super hero" to pull it off alone.

'Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and lived a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood, ' Lombardo said.

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