Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock booked hotel rooms overlooking Lollapalooza festival where Malia Obama watched Muse

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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.

 Stephen Paddock massacred 58 people at the country music concert on Sunday evening

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Stephen Paddock massacred 58 people at the country music concert on Sunday evening

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.

 Thousands of people attended the festival in Grant Park

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Thousands of people attended the festival in Grant Park
 Its feared Paddock may have been planning a similar hotel window massacre

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Its feared Paddock may have been planning a similar hotel window massacre
 He booked himself into the Blackrock Hotel, pictured, which overlooks the park where the event is held

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He booked himself into the Blackrock Hotel, pictured, which overlooks the park where the event is held
Las Vegas ​shooter Stephen Paddock may have ​researched possible attack locations in Boston and Chicago

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.

 Agents from the FBI continue to process evidence at the scene of a mass shooting

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Agents from the FBI continue to process evidence at the scene of a mass shooting
 Festival-goers abandoned their belongings as they ran for their lives

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Festival-goers abandoned their belongings as they ran for their lives
 The concert turned to tragedy in a matter of minutes

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The concert turned to tragedy in a matter of minutes
 The man who covered a woman with his body in an attempt to shield her from bullets

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The man who covered a woman with his body in an attempt to shield her from bullets
 An arsenal of guns were found inside the killer's hotel room in Las Vegas

An arsenal of guns were found inside the killer’s hotel room in Las Vegas
 Cops found no less than 23 firearms in Paddock's Mandalay Bay hotel suite

Cops found no less than 23 firearms in Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel suite

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.

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