Stephen Paddock, who shot dead 59 people and injured hundreds more last Sunday in Las Vegas, had another massacre planned.
The 64-year-old had previously set his sights on Lollapalooza in Chicago.
According to TMZ, Paddock had booked 2 rooms in the Blackstone Hotel – which overlooks Grant Park – the venue of the outdoor festival.
As seen in the picture (above), Paddock had booked one room for August 1, 2017 – 2 days prior to the first day of Lollapalooza – and then another for his arrival on August 3 with his checkout being on the final day of the festival, on August 6.
The Blackstone directly overlooks the main stage as well as a smattering of others and perhaps the bleakest part of its location, is the fact festival-goers would have little option to escape thanks to the river.
Sources told TMZ neither Paddock nor his girlfriend have ever booked a room at the hotel before.
Las Vegas police said at a press briefing they believe Paddock intended to flee the scene after his attack and he may have had help.
Asked ‘Did you see any evidence that he planned to survive this, or try to escape’ Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo simply replied ‘Yes’, adding:
Do you think he accomplished all this on his own? You’ve got to make the assumption he had help at some point.
Or maybe he’s a superguy who’s working this all out on his own.
It’s emerged Paddock rented a room through Airbnb which overlooked the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas, one week prior to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Stephen Paddock left a note, new photos released from inside his hotel room reveal. pic.twitter.com/G4O7cSk3Ga
— Not Elizabeth (@NotElizabeth88) October 4, 2017
His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, issued a statement after returning from the Philippines and spending time with FBI agents who were trying to figure out Paddock’s motives.
The statement read:
He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.
It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.
Danely described her boyfriend as a ‘kind, caring, quiet man’.
She had been out of the country for over two weeks at the time of the mass shooting – the deadliest in modern US history.
Various reasons, including enormous gambling debts and relationship problems with some pointing toward a ‘troubled family background’ as being a contributing factor in Paddock’s unknown motivations.
His father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, was a notorious and ‘psychopathic’ bank robber who was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list between 1969 and 1977, report The Independent.
Details of his firearms, which have been revealed by authorities, included a majority of rifles and at least one handgun.
All the firearms were bought legally, at local stores, after the shooter passed all the required background checks to own the guns.
Paddock had modified a number of the rifles with tripods and scopes to increase their accuracy.
Isis have tried to claim responsibility for the shooting, describing Paddock as being a ‘soldier for the caliphate’.
However, the FBI have stated this is categorically not the case and as yet no evidence has been revealed to back up the claim.
Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this tragedy.