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Las Vegas shooter also considered Boston and Chicago

Las Vegas shooter also considered Boston and Chicago

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.

"There was a reservation under the name Stephen Paddock", Blackstone spokeswoman Emmy Carragher told Agence France-Presse.

In the days and months before he mowed down concertgoers from his high-rise hotel suite, gunman Stephen Paddock booked rooms overlooking two other music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago, authorities said.

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.

After the awful massacre at a Las Vegas music festival on Sunday night that killed 58 and injured hundreds more, concerns emerged immediately about other sites that could be vulnerable to a similar attack.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Paddock had requested rooms overlooking the park.

Paddock did not check in for his reservation, she said.

"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 organised crime bureau. The music festival featured Chance the Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182.

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

U.S. media, citing multiple anonymous law enforcement sources, reported that searches of the Las Vegas gunman's communications and electronic equipment found that he had scouted locations in both Chicago and Boston. They observed the suspect down on the ground and also saw a second door that could not be accessed from their position.

But he ultimately chose to mount an attack from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival held last weekend. This was seen on closed-circuit television from the concert venue. They move this way because they no longer hear the gunfire of an active shooter situation. Officers quickly realized there was no one else in the rooms and announced over the radio that the suspect was down. She said in a statement released by her lawyer that she feared that might be his way of breaking up with her, but nothing more. Lombardo also noted that Paddock was planning to escape after attack.

She said she had no inkling of his murderous plans.

2pm: 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.

Danley arrives back in the US from the Philippines. "That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet", FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.

'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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