Las Vegas Gunman Booked Rooms in Chicago Overlooking Lollapalooza
The gunman who killed at least 58 people at the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas over the weekend may have had his sights on another music festival just a few months ago.
New sources reveal Stephen Paddock booked two rooms in Chicago during the Lollapalooza festival back in August.
In fact, the hotel rooms he booked at the Blackstone Hotel look over the entire festival grounds.
And, according to TMZ, the 64-year-old reserved one room for August 1, two days before the festival, and then booked a second room for August 3.
Both rooms had checkout dates of August 6, right after the festival ended.
More than 400,000 people went to Lollapalooza and former President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, was also in attendance this year.
“We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.
“As you saw earlier this week the city conducts extensive public safety planning and training around major events, in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, to ensure public safety."
The hotel rooms he booked in Chicago looked directly towards the main stage and the main entrance, where thousands of people file in and out of.
Sources also confirmed Stephen requested both rooms to be “view rooms,” which face Grant Park.
But, the scariest part of all is the fact nobody would have been able to run away had he carried out the attack in Chicago, since the park is surrounded by Lake Michigan.
It is unclear if he checked into his rooms or was even in Chicago during the time of the festival.
This wasn’t the only festival he considering targeting before ultimately carrying out the attacks this week.
Stephen also tried to book rooms at the Ogden, a luxury condo, that overlooked the Life Is Beautiful festival, which also took place in Las Vegas from September 22-24.
However, according to CBS, the rooms he requested were already booked.
Chance the Rapper, Muse, and Lorde all played at the festival, which was attended by around 45,000 people.
News like this makes us sick to our stomach.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this horrible tragedy.