Las Vegas shooter booked Chicago hotel during Lollapalooza

Saul Bowman
October 7, 2017

In early August, Paddock booked a room at Chicago's 21-story Blackstone Hotel that overlooked the park where the Lollapalooza music festival was being held, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

Paddock, who slaughtered 58 people and injured 489, had allegedly booked two hotel rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival area during its duration in August.

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. "We are cooperating with the authorities on this matter".

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.

According to the Chicago Tribune, he booked rooms in the Blackstone Hotel that offered a clear view of the festival.

While the website said Paddock never showed up for his booking, the report suggested a scenario that would have been similar to the Las Vegas Strip concert Sunday night.

The official said that law enforcement found no evidence that Paddock ever came to Chicago during the weekend of Lollapalooza - a music festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people.

He made the reservation on Expedia, and learned that the hotel couldn't guarantee him a room overlooking Grant Park, where the multi-day concert takes place.

Shortly after the Life is handsome festival ended, Paddock checked into a 32nd-story suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The attacked killed at least 58 people and injured nearly 500 people, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

A federal official said authorities are looking into the possibility Paddock planned additional attacks, including a auto bombing.

"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks", McCabe said.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference yesterday night that Paddock must have had some help along the way given his huge arsenal the explosive materials found in his vehicle, and his meticulous plan, but they don't know who that might be.

The shooter's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returned from a trip to the Philippines on Wednesday, and denied any knowledge of the attack.

Sheriff says Marilou Danley is a person of interest again, after report that Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines a week before the attack, while she was in the country.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something terrible like this was going to happen", Marilou Danley, 62, said in a statement read by her lawyer outside Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Los Angeles.

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