Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Investigators looking into Vegas shooter's effort to get room overlooking another concert

Las Vegas shooter may have originally targeted high-profile 'Life is Beautiful Festival' Mass shooting suspect may have planned attack during Life is Beautiful festival
Edmund Wade | 06 October, 2017, 00:25

The wealthy real estate investor opened fire Sunday from his multistory perch onto the crowd below, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 400.

A law enforcement official says Stephen Paddock booked a room at a Chicago hotel that overlooked a park where a music festival was held in August, but there's no indication he went there.

Paddock reportedly reserved one room at the Blackstone Hotel for Aug. 1 and another for Aug. 3, both with an Aug. 6 check out date. That festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the downtown Chicago park, which is framed by tall buildings.

"There were a number of missed opportunities by the hotel", the source said.

He said it was unclear why Paddock rented a room at the Ogden.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed Paddock rented a room at The Ogden through AirBnB during Life is lovely, headlined by Kiwi songstress Lorde. Lombardo said that it wasn't immediately known if Paddock had planned an attack on that event.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Paddock's bullets left holes in one of two white tanks, but they did not cause an explosion.

A lawyer for Marilou Danley read a statement from her after she was questioned by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Los Angeles about her boyfriend.

Police recovered almost 50 firearms from three locations they searched, almost half of them from the hotel suite.

An attorney for the Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend says she had no knowledge of any plans by him to commit a massacre.

"When we did see he was gambling, we did not see another individual appearing there".

Ms Danley said Paddock had bought her an airline ticket to visit her family and wired her money to purchase property there, leading her to worry he might be planning to break up with her.

Paddock's brother Eric said the $100,000 transfer was evidence that "Steve took care of the people he loved", and that he probably wanted to protect Ms Danley by sending her overseas before the attack.

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