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Lollapalooza festival, airport among Las Vegas shooter's targets

Lollapalooza festival, airport among Las Vegas shooter's targets

The hotel is located directly across the street from the music festival's venue.

The gunman who carried out the worst mass shooting in recent USA history had booked a Chicago hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival in August, the website TMZ reported Thursday. 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.

In her first public statement, Paddock's long-time girlfriend said that she had no idea about the mass shooting.

Sheriff Lombardo said Paddock fired about 200 rounds of ammunition into the hallway outside his suite, wounding a security guard who had come to investigate.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi would not confirm the TMZ report about Paddock's plans in Chicago, but said the department is aware of the report. 59 people have been confirmed dead, and another 500 were injured in the attack. She was visiting her native Philippines. "It goes through your mind but I think the biggest thing is that you can trust that the organizers here will have done everything that they can to limit the possibility of something like that happening".

Hotel employees at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay resort, from where Paddock shot and killed 58 people before killing himself, said that he had specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The concert drew such attendees as former President Barack Obama's daughters Malia and Sasha and Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.

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The gunshots stopped at 10:15pm, two minutes before the initially responding officers made their way to Paddock's floor.

The weekend before the massacre, he rented a room through Airbnb at the 21-story Ogden condominiums in downtown Las Vegas and stayed there during a music festival below that included Chance the Rapper, Lorde and Blink-182.

"We have a lot of work to do", FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told reporters on Wednesday.

Lombardo said he didn't know what Paddock intended with the explosives and wouldn't elaborate on getaway plans.

Boston's police commissioner says he will contact federal investigators about a report that the Las Vegas shooter researched locations in Boston.