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Las Vegas shooter booked hotel during Lollapalooza

Las Vegas shooter booked hotel during Lollapalooza

Last August, Stephen Paddock has reserved two hotel rooms overlooking Grant Park, where the concerts, according to the website TMZ. The hotel overlooks Grant Park where the Lollapalooza festival is held each year.

The gunman who carried out the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history had booked a Chicago hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival in August, the website TMZ reported Thursday.

Anonymous officials said that Paddock looked for hotels near Fenway Park, where the Red Sox play and the Boston Center for the Arts.

Investigators are probing the Las Vegas gunman's interest in other music festivals in the months before he killed 58 people and injured almost 500 at an outdoor country concert.

Paddock also booked a room near another Las Vegas concert a week before the shooting, police confirmed. He later booked a second room for August 3 through August 6, the same days as Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

According to the Chicago Tribune, he booked rooms in the Blackstone Hotel that offered a clear view of the festival. Malia Obama, daughter of former President Barack Obama, was also in attendance.

"One of the things that we're doing is we're putting a significantly larger number of undercover officers", said Anthony Riccio, chief of Chicago police's organized crime bureau.

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.

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Country music star Jason Aldean was performing on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when lone gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the 22,000 people gathered. They also said they still have no motive for the attack.

They know he had a plan to survive the shooting and try to escape, though would not say how.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo said in a news conference Wednesday evening that Paddock had previously stayed at a Las Vegas high-rise condo during a music festival the weekend before the shooting.

Police announced Thursday that they had found a Hyundai Tucson SUV they had been searching for as part of the probe while executing a search warrant at the home in Reno that Paddock shared with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

Ms Danley, who officials have called a "person of interest", said that Paddock had surprised her with a plane ticket to see her family just over two weeks ago.

"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".

The official said no evidence has been found that Paddock ever came to Chicago that weekend.

Australia's foreign affairs department said Friday it is aware she is "a person of interest" and described her case as "a matter for US law enforcement". "That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet", FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.


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