Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock eyed Chicago, Boston as potential targets

Leila Navidi Video poker machines are seen at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson on Wednesday Sept. 28 2011

Leila Navidi Video poker machines are seen at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson on Wednesday Sept. 28 2011

According to TMZ, site people the author of numerous scoops, the shooter of Las Vegas Stephen Paddock would have booked two rooms at the hotel Blackstone, overlooking a park in the heart of Chicago, where was held the great festival of music, beginning August.

TMZ reports Paddock booked one room at the Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan Av., for August 1 through August 6.

Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements before he undertook the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

"We are aware of the media reports", the statement said.

The concert, which ran from September 22 to 24, featured Chance the Rapper, Lorde and Blink 182.

The weekend before the Las Vegas shooting, Paddock checked into a 21st floor apartment at the Ogden hotel in Las Vegas, rented via Airbnb, that overlooked the Life is lovely music festival, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo revealed this week.

"We can confirm that a reservation was made under the name Stephen Paddock, however authorities have not confirmed that this is the same person as the Las Vegas shooter", a spokesperson for the hotel said.

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The official, who was not authorized to comment publicly, said Thursday that information referencing other locations is being drawn from investigators' continuing analysis of Paddock's communications devices.

Investigators, meanwhile, believe Paddock stockpiled his arsenal of weapons and ammunition over decades, and meticulously planned the Las Vegas attack. He never showed up for his Chicago booking, according to the media reports, but the August 2-5 timing may have offered Paddock an opportunity similar to the Las Vegas Strip concert Sunday night.

Paddock's girlfriend Marilou Danley was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday and said in a statement she was unaware of the Paddock's plans. He killed himself as police were preparing to enter his room. In the days following the shooting, officials have combed through the crime scene and Paddock's affairs, trying to determine if anybody else may have been involved.

At this point there is no evidence that Paddock ever traveled to Boston, but he did search online for hotels near Fenway.

Paddock led such a low-key, private life that no one seemed to know him well, and those who did had no sense he was capable of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Meanwhile, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told AP on Wednesday that he was surprised that more has not been discovered about Paddock or his motives.

Was Paddock planning to attack festival-goers at Lollapalooza in Chicago?

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