Chicago Police Investigates Reports That Vegas Shooter Booked Hotel Rooms Over Lollapalooza

Stephen Paddock booked rooms overlooking two other music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago, authorities say

Chicago Police are investigating a TMZ report that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock reserved two hotel rooms in a hotel overlooking this year’s Lollapalooza music festival.

According to TMZ, the shooter booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel, which is located across the street from Chicago’s Grant Park, where Lollapalooza is held. Both rooms had a clear view of the concert stage, but Paddock never showed up.

The report was confirmed partially by law enforcement officials who spoke with USA Today. The officials said that Paddock was set to check out on Aug. 6, the last day of the festival, and that it still has not been confirmed whether Paddock used the rooms or was even in Chicago at the time of Lollapalooza.

The report comes after Las Vegas police announced on Wednesday that Paddock had also booked several rooms at The Ogden Hotel in Las Vegas through Airbnb from Sept. 22-24, during the Life Is Beautiful music festival. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that it is not certain yet whether the shooter had planned to attack that festival or if he was doing “pre-surveillance” for the attack that killed 59 people this past Sunday night.

Lollapalooza is one of America’s largest music festivals, hosting over 100,000 people. Among those in attendance this year included Sasha and Malia Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.