MASS murderer Stephen Paddock scouted the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago as a possible attack location before settling on Las Vegas, it is claimed.
It was there he booked two hotel rooms at a 21-story hotel with a sweeping view of Grant Park, TMZ reported.
An image posted online by the website shows a guest listed as Paddock/Stephen booking a room at The Blackstone Hotel for August 1 and a second room on August 3 – the day the Lollapalooza started.
Both rooms had a checkout date of August 6, when the festival – attended by Malia Obama and played by British band Muse – ended.
Paddock specifically requested both rooms to have a view of Grant Park, where about 400,000 fans gathered for the event about 500 yards away, the New York Post reported.
Meanwhile, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted Thursday that his department was aware of the report about The Blackstone.
In a statement, the department said it has “been in communication with our federal partners”.
“As you saw earlier this week the city conducts extensive public safety planning and training around major events, in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, to ensure public safety,” the statement read.
Authorities are also investigating whether Paddock rented several units at The Ogden, a luxury condo tower overlooking a bigger music festival, called Life is Beautiful, in downtown Las Vegas the weekend before Sunday’s slaughter, a law enforcement source told NBC News.
That event was held several miles north of the Route 91 Festival that Paddock sprayed with bullets from a 32nd-floor suite in the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 people and wounding about 500.
Paddock also had Googled Fenway Park and the Boston Center for the Arts, and also conducted online searches for large concert venues in the Boston area, sources told the Boston Globe.
Investigators have been scrambling to try and establish a motive for his massacre.
On Wednesday, the FBI questioned his girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was out of the country during the attack. She has released a statement saying she had no advance knowledge of Paddock’s planned atrocity.
- A version of this story originally appeared in the New York Post.