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Las Vegas Shooter Booked Room For Another US Music Festival

Stephen Paddock booked a room at a Chicago hotel on the weekend of a music festival some two months before he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas from a 32nd-floor room of a hotel and killing 58 people, an official says.

The official on Thursday said police have found no evidence Paddock ever went to Chicago during the weekend of Lollapalooza - a music festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people.

The official, who was not authorised to discuss the investigation of Paddock's movements, spoke only on condition of anonymity after being briefed on the investigation.

The Blackstone Hotel, where Paddock made the reservations, overlooks the main stage and other stages at Grant Park where the music festival is held every year.

Paddock's booking of the hotel room, first reported by TMZ, comes as investigators, trying to determine a motive for the Las Vegas shooting, have been trying to track Paddock's movements in the days before he opened fire from the Mandalay Bay casino resort on Sunday night.

Unlike many other mass killers, Paddock led such a private life that no one seemed to know him well, and those who did had no sense he was capable of gunning down 58 people and injuring hundreds more before killing himself.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said he was surprised Paddock had provided so few clues, and that has proved challenging.

Clark County Sheriff did share on Wednesday night said Paddock had rented a Los Vegas apartment in another high-rise above another music festival a week earlier, though he could not say why.

He said he felt it was unlikely Paddock could have pulled off the elaborate plan alone, though investigators have no idea who may have helped him.


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