Two months ago, the gunman behind Sunday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, booked a room at a Chicago hotel that overlooked the venue for Lollapalooza. A police official confirmed Thursday that Stephen Paddock, 64, booked a room at the Blackstone Hotel the same week the annual music festival was held. His room would have overlooked the the main stage of the fest, where hundreds of thousands gathered to watch live music performances.
However, the official said there was no evidence that Paddock ever came to Chicago that weekend, according to the Associated Press. The booking of the hotel room was first reported by TMZ. They revealed that the shooter booked two rooms of the Blackstone Hotel. Paddock requested both rooms be a "view room" facing Grant Park, where Lollapalooza was held, according to TMZ.
On Sept. 28, the Paddock called the Mandalay Bay. He specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, NBC Chicago reports. He was given keys to the room, which cost $590 a night, on Saturday. One day later, he turned the room into a sniper tower, smashing out two windows to shoot at concert goers below. Almost two dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were discovered in the shooter’s hotel room.
“It was pre-planned, extensively, and I’m pretty sure that he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troublesome,” Lombardo said. He also believes that it is possible that Paddock received help with his plans.
"Do you think this was all accomplished on his own? You've got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point.”
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