Las Vegas Gunman May Have Scoped Out Other Music Festivals

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
October 5, 2017USshare
Las Vegas Gunman May Have Scoped Out Other Music Festivals
An overall view is seen of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds on October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images)

Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago — and perhaps Boston’s Fenway Park — before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans.

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 U.S. history.

It was not clear if he contemplated massacres at those sites.

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(L-R) Recording artists Kaela Sinclair, Anthony Gonzalez, and Jordan Lawlor of M83 perform on the Samsung Stage at Lollapalooza 2016 – Day 2 at Grant Park on July 29, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Samsung)

Investigators looking into Paddock also came across mention of Fenway Park, Boston police Lt. Detective Mike McCarthy said, though he provided no further details.

The details came to light as investigators struggled to figure out why the high-stakes gambler opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 Sunday night from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino in Las Vegas. He killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 before taking his own life.

A federal official said authorities are looking into the possibility Paddock planned additional attacks, including a car bombing. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Police announced they had located a Hyundai Tucson while executing a search warrant at the home in Reno, Nevada, that Paddock shared with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley. It wasn’t immediately clear if the car was found on Thursday or earlier in the week when police searched the home and found several guns and ammunition.

Authorities previously disclosed Paddock had 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car, along with fertilizer that can be used to make explosives and 50 pounds of Tannerite, a substance used in explosive rifle targets.

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This photo shows a home that FBI agents searched Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Reno, Nev. The home was owned by Stephen Paddock. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Investigators have been combing through his background but remain stumped as to his motive.

The profile developed so far is of a “disturbed and dangerous” man who acquired an arsenal over decades, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. But investigators have been frustrated to find that he lived a “secret life,” Lombardo said, “much of which will never be fully understood.”

Associated Press

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