As law enforcement continues its investigation into Stephen Paddock, news sources are learning more about Paddock’s prior trips and other possible targets. It is now reported that Paddock may have been planning a separate attack in Chicago at the music festival Lollapalooza, which Obama’s oldest daughter Malia attended.
TMZ reported that in August Paddock booked two hotel rooms near the Chicago festival using Expedia. He insisted on having a room overlooking the festival site. The Chicago room layout and location was eerily similar to the room Paddock rented in Las Vegas to carry out his attack.
Paddock also demanded to be informed in advance if his requested room accommodations near the festival could not be met. TMZ added that Paddock never used the reservation in Chicago that he held from August 1 through the 6th.
A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department issued a statement in light of this new evidence stating that a possible attack could have planned for the Lollapalooza concert in August.
“We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners. 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 64-year-old shooter also attempted to book a luxury condo tower that overlooked the “Life is Beautiful” festival in Vegas, which took place Sept 22-24, but rooms were booked during that time, according to CBS News.
The Life is Beautiful festival had a record 45,000 people in attendance where Chance the Rapper and Lorde were headlining.
According to the Daily Mail, Paddock also researched hotel rooms in Boston and, in particular, Fenway Park. It’s unclear if he attempted to book any rooms in Boston though.
Las Vegas police stated that they believe Paddock intended to escape following the shooting, but when police closed in on his position, he committed suicide. Investigators are still trying to determine if Paddock had an accomplice at any time in the planning or execution of the attack.
As the weeks go by and the investigation concludes, the hope is that a motive will be found to explain what drove a man with no criminal record and no indication of mental issues to conduct the nation’s worst mass shooting to date.