Police investigating whether Las Vegas gunman booked hotel rooms overlooking Lollapalooza
As developments continue to pour in surrounding the motive and examining the timeline for the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, new information indicates Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 59 and wounded over 500 others, may have had his targets set on another festival. Recently, it was reported Paddock booked multiples condos overlooking Life Is Beautiful, but now Chicago police are investigating whether he booked several rooms during Lollapalooza festival in Chicago — held two months before the Las Vegas massacre.
TMZ reported in the morning of October 5 that Paddock booked rooms in a Chicago hotel facing the Lollapalooza music festival in August. One room was booked at the Blackstone Hotel on Aug. 1, two days before the festival opened. A second room was reportedly booked Aug. 3.
The rooms both had a checkout date of Aug. 6, corresponding with the final day of the festival that drew tens of thousands of concertgoers to Grant Park alongside Lake Michigan for acts like Lorde, Justice, DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, and more. It remains unclear at this time if Paddock ever used the rooms or was in Chicago during the festival. TMZ cited an anonymous source saying that he never showed up. According to law enforcement officials, who were not yet authorized to discuss the case publicly this morning with USA Today, the police are still investigating the matter.
“We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. “As you saw earlier this week the city conducts extensive public safety planning and training around major events, in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, to ensure public safety.”