TMZ: Las Vegas Gunman Booked Rooms Overlooking Lollapalooza

Vegas killer booked two rooms overlooking Lollapalooza this summer
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09 October, 2017

Hundreds of thousands attended the Lollapalooza festival at Chicago's Grant Park, including Malia Obama, the former president's daughter.

TMZ revealed that the man booked two rooms-as he did in Vegas-at the Blackstone, a luxury hotel on Chicago's tony S. Michigan Ave.

A senior law enforcement source, not involved in the shooting investigation but briefed on its progress, has reportedly said Paddock also rented rooms at the Ogden overlooking the Life Is Beautiful Festival in September.

On Wednesday, FBI agents trying to understand his state of mind questioned his girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was out of the country during the attack.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi would not confirm the TMZ report about Paddock's plans in Chicago, but said the department is aware of the report. Paddock never turned up, CBS reported.

At a Friday afternoon press conference, investigators said they were looking into whether he had tried to attack other similar events.

Paddock rained bullets down on concert-goers from a nearby hotel tower, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more.

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"Anybody that wants to get them is probably just anxious that they're going to be banned", store owner Kellie Weeks told the outlet.

Authorities say the Las Vegas gunman may have considered other music festivals to target, including Chicago's Lollapalooza, shown here in July 2016.

Paddock had 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his auto, along with fertilizer that can be used to make explosives and 50 pounds of Tannerite, a substance used in explosive rifle targets.

The downtown Chicago hotel overlooks Grant Park where the Lollapalooza festival is held each year. An unnamed hotel source also confirmed the information to DNAinfo, the publication said. Authorities continue to investigate.

Boston's police commissioner says he will contact federal investigators about a report that the Las Vegas shooter researched locations in Boston.

"A machine gun is not going to blow up a tank of fuel", he said.

Because so few people knew Paddock well, investigators will have a harder time probing his background for clues or hints he may have dropped about his plans, Southers said.

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