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Charli XCX performs on day four at Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

The Las Vegas gunman had booked hotel rooms in Chicago overlooking Lollapalooza



The man behind a recent mass shooting in Las Vegas booked two hotel rooms overlooking the annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago before the massacre, according to TMZ.

TMZ on Thursday reported that Stephen Paddock, 64, purchased a pair of rooms at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago last month.

Paddock booked the first room for August 1, two days before Lollapalooza started on August 3 in nearby Grant Park.

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The second room was booked for an August 3 arrival, and both rooms had an August 6 checkout, the day Lollapalooza closed.

This year’s Lollapalooza was ultimately attended by 400,000 people during its four-day schedule, including Malia Obama, former President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter.

Some Twitter users on Thursday expressed horror that Paddock could have targeted Lollapalooza much like he attacked an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last Sunday.

Sources told TMZ that Paddock specifically requested both rooms be a “view room” only facing Grant Park.

TMZ’s sources said that neither Paddock nor his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, had previously booked a room at the Blackstone.

The hotel directly overlooks Lollapalooza’s main stage, as well as several adjoining stages, the main entrance, and the main exit.

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TMZ’s sources added that Paddock never appeared for his reservation, which came before his rampage in Las Vegas.

Paddock last Sunday killed at least 58 people and wounded at least 527 others while shooting from his 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Responding police officers found Paddock dead inside his room after committing the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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