Paddock ultimately chose the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and the Route 91 Harvest festival as the place to carry out his rampage, which killed 58 people and injured more than 500. He had about two dozen guns.
TMZ first reported that Paddock booked two rooms at Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel, which has a view of Lolla site at Grant Park before and during the latest festival in early August.
However, according to CBS, the rooms he requested were already booked.
The Las Vegas gunman who carried out the deadliest mass shooting in recent United States history also had researched possible attack locations in Boston and Chicago. TMZ acquired the screenshot of a booking confirmation that Stephen Paddock had at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.
It’s not clear if he was in Chicago during the festival, a law enforcement official told the newspaper. Authorities told The Daily Beast that the 64-year-old rented out multiple condos overlooking the festival, which was headlined by Chance the Rapper, Lorde and Wiz Khalifa.
Paddock booked one room starting on August 1, two days before the festival opened.
CBS News has reported he did scout other hotels and concert venues in the Las Vegas area, looking to book specific rooms. That event was held September 22-24.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said the gunman would have had to be a “superhero” to have pulled off the massacre alone. “We don’t know yet”.
The killer’s electronic devices also revealed that he had been doing research of hotels in close proximity to Boston’s Fenway Park.
TMZ wrote that Paddock, who had asked for a room with a view, would have had a bird’s-eye view of all of the Lollapalooza stages and main entrance from the 20th floor.
This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.
Investigators found material used to make exploding targets in containers in Paddock’s auto, along with about 1,600 rounds of ammunition, Lombardo said.