Las Vegas Gunman May Have Eyed Lollapalooza as Target

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Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock booked hotel rooms in Chicago during the Lollapalooza music festival earlier this year, sources tell ABC News.

One of the hotels Paddock booked was the Blackstone on South Michigan Avenue. TMZ obtained an image of a computer screen of the booking for two rooms at The Blackstone, with check-in at one room on August 1, two days before the start of the festival on August 3 and a second room was booked for August 3. Check-out for both rooms was scheduled on August 6, when Lollapalooza ended. TMZ reported that Paddock specifically asked for rooms with a view of Grant Park.

It is not known if Paddock actually traveled to Chicago or what other hotels he booked. ABC News reports investigators believe Paddock may have also scouted sites in Boston.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that police are aware of the reports and they have been in communication with federal authorities.
In a statement, a spokesperson from The Blackstone said, “We can confirm that there was no guest under that name who stayed at our hotel in August during the Lollapalooza music festival. We are cooperating with the authorities on this matter.”

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