The Las Vegas Shooter May Have Originally Planned To Attack Lollapalooza

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In a possible sign he was contemplating massacres at other sites, he also 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 leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

Both rooms had a checkout date of August 6, when the festival - attended by Malia Obama and played by British band Muse - ended.

Police say Stephen Paddock may have considered attacking another music festival prior to the Sunday night shooting in Las Vegas.

"We are aware of the media reports", the statement said.

Paddock opened fire Sunday on a country music concert from a Las Vegas hotel room and killed 58 people.

Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, who shot and killed 58 people and injured 500 more, was scouting both Chicago and Boston, NBC 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.

In addition to Chicago and Boston, Paddock may have considered another location in Las Vegas for his massacre.

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Investigators saye he also had a plan to survive the shooting and try to escape, though would not say how. Nineteen more guns were found at Paddock's Mesquite home and seven at his Reno house.

"I am extremely afraid of Paddock, who has intimidated me by his violent character and destruction of my business office and my service bay", Cruz said in court papers, according to the website.

Before Stephen Paddock chose to attack the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas he may have considered carrying out similar massacres in other cities, including Chicago and Boston, NBC News reports.

Authorities have been trying to track Paddock's movements in the days and weeks before the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

The gunman's girlfriend has also said she had no idea what he was plotting. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation of Paddock's movements, spoke only on condition of anonymity after being briefed on the investigation.

Lollapalooza draws hundreds of thousands of music fans every year to Grant Park. "That's the one in this one, and we are not there yet", FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said.

In the days following the horrific shooting, it was reported that Paddock, who was found dead shortly after the massacre, had been planning to attack concert-goers at the Life Is Beautiful Festival, which was headlined by Chance The Rapper.

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