Vegas Shooter May Have Scouted Fenway Park
- Author: Marlene Weaver Oct 09, 2017,
Oct 09, 2017, 0:38
One of the hotels Paddock booked was the Blackstone on South Michigan Avenue.
The hotel he stayed at, Blackstone Hotel, is right across the street from where the Lollapalooza artists took the stage at Grant Park. 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.
Hundreds were injured and 58 killed when Paddock rained bullets from a nearby hotel tower into crowds attending an outdoor country music festival.
Hotel sources who spoke to TMZ said that Paddock was "forceful" in his demands, and that hotel staff gave in.
His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, told FBI agents Wednesday that she had not noticed any changes in his mental state or indications he could become violent, the federal official said.
Paddock checked into his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on September 28, three days before carrying out his deadly attack, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said.
While we don't know if Paddock ever checked into any of the rooms, it's clear that things could have been disastrous if he had made a decision to attack people at the event.
Bookings have been uncovered in Ogden a luxury condo tower that overlooks the Life is handsome festival in Las Vegas from September 22 to 24.
The former first daughter, as well as other A-list names, were in attendance at the Chicago festival.
Paddock reportedly requested a room with a view, but never showed up for his reservation, according to TMZ sources.
Paddock sent Danley on a trip to her native Philippines before the attack, and she was unaware of his plans and devastated when she learned of the carnage while overseas, she said in a statement.
That said, authorities indicated the scouting of large size venues housing captive large audiences suggested Paddock's intent to kill, as opposed to his particular disdain for any particular sect or class of individual.
The manager agreed, noting on Paddock's reservation that he should be placed in a room overlooking the park.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker also says he's aware of the reports but could not discuss them because of the ongoing investigation into the mass shooting.
Because so few people knew Paddock well, investigators will have a harder time probing his background for clues or hints he may have dropped about his plans, Southers said.