USA TODAY – AAMER MADHANI, DOUG STANGLIN
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock booked rooms in a Chicago hotel facing the Lollapalooza music festival in August, a law enforcement official told USA TODAY on Thursday.
Paddock, 64, booked one room at the Blackstone Hotel starting Aug. 1, two days before the festival opened. He booked a second room Aug. 3.
Both rooms had a checkout date of Aug. 6, corresponding with the final day of the music festival that drew tens of thousands of concertgoers to Grant Park alongside Lake Michigan. It was unclear if Paddock ever used the room or was in Chicago during the festival, according to the law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
The lineup for the festival included artists Lorde, Chance the Rapper and Arcade Fire. Among the attendees at the festival was former President Obama’s daughter, Malia.
The Boston Globe reported that Paddock also researched the city as a target:
Stephen Paddock researched major Boston-area concert venues, including Fenway Park, before ultimately settling on Las Vegas as the target of his shooting rampage that killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds more, two officials briefed on the case said Thursday.
One government official briefed on the matter said Paddock had been googling concerts at Fenway Park, as well as at the Boston Center for the Arts. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said it was unclear whether Paddock was ever in the city or when he conducted the Internet searches.