Las Vegas shooter booked rooms at other hotels near concerts

LAS VEGAS - Sources have told a WBZ-TV in Boston that Las Vegas Strip shooter Stephan Paddock researched concert locations in Boston near Fenway Park prior to Sunday's shooting. 

At this time, there is no evidence that he ever traveled to the area. However, there are reports he did go to Chicago two months before he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas from a 32nd-floor room of a hotel and killed 58 people.

Paddock booked a room at a Chicago hotel that overlooks a park where a major music festival was held that weekend, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

The official said that law enforcement found no evidence that Paddock ever came to Chicago during the weekend of Lollapalooza - a music festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation of Paddock's movements, spoke only on condition of anonymity after being briefed on the investigation.

The Blackstone Hotel, where Paddock made the reservations, overlooks the main stage and other stages at Grant Park where the music festival is held every year.

Paddock's booking of the hotel room, first reported by TMZ, comes as investigators, trying to determine a motive for the Las Vegas shooting, have been trying to track Paddock's movements in the days before he opened fire from the Mandalay Bay casino resort on Sunday night.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Paddock did book at room at the The Ogden in downtown Las Vegas the weekend before the shooting. It was the same weekend as the Life is Beautiful concert which is hosted in downtown Las Vegas. The Ogden is a private condominium tower and the room was booked through Airbnb.


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