Las Vegas Shooter Booked Hotel Rooms Overlooking Lollapalooza



Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images
Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images

This past weekend, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock took aim from the roof of his Mandalay Bay Hotel room and fired a continual barrage of bullets at attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Festival country concert in Las Vegas. 59 people have been confirmed dead, and another 500 were injured in the attack.

In the days following the horrific shooting, it was reported that Paddock, who was found dead shortly after the massacre, had been planning to attack concert-goers at the Life Is Beautiful Festival, which was headlined by Chance The Rapper. Now, USA Today reports that Paddock booked hotel rooms overlooking Lollapalooza 2017.

According to the publication, Paddock booked one room at Chicago’s Black Stone Hotel on Aug. 1, just two days before the annual music festival was set to begin in Chicago’s Grant Park. He bought himself a second room on Aug. 3, and both rooms were set-up with checkout dates of Aug. 6, corresponding with the final day of the festival.

While we don’t know if Paddock ever checked into any of the rooms, it’s clear that things could have been disastrous if he had decided to attack people at the event. Performing at this year’s iteration of the typically star-studded festival were Lorde and Chance The Rapper, and thousands upon thousands of people attend every year.

In a statement, the Chicago police said they were working in concert with their “federal partners” and other law enforcement to work ensure the safety of concert-goers.

Watch USA Today‘s news story below.


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