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Las Vegas gunman may have planned attack at Lollapalooza

Stephen Paddock's potential targets included the most recent Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, which was held August 3 to August 6 in Grant Park, the officials said. He had also considered this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago.

The initial TMZ story said Paddock booked one room for August 1, two days before Lollapalooza kicked off and then booked a second room, both with checkout dates of August 6, when the festival ended. Both rooms had a checkout date of August 6, when Lollapalooza ended. He did not check in to either room.

Had he chosen to conduct his terror at Lollapalooza, those fleeing the scene could have been placed in even further jeopardy.

The annual music festival, which draws an estimated 100,000 music fans each summer, takes place directly across Michigan Avenue from the Blackstone in Chicago's Grant Park.

Emmy Carragher, public relation officer for Blackstone Hotel, told Xinhua that there was no guest under that name who stayed at their hotel in August during the Lollapalooza music festival. He reportedly never appeared at the hotel to claim his reservation.

The man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history may have considered deadly attacks at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and an earlier festival in Las Vegas, investigators say.

Chicago police confirmed they were aware of the reports, and were in contact with their federal partners.

The 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant had also researched the city of Boston, NBC News reported, citing senior law enforcement officials who have been examining the gunman's electronic records.

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said they aren't sure if Paddock was doing pre-surveillance and that investigators have recovered items and videos from the Ogden.

Police said Paddock did leave a note, and that he may have been trying to escape after the shooting.

A version of this story originally appeared in the New York Post.



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