An eerie pattern may be emerging regarding the Las Vegas gunman: After police earlier confirmed that Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at Las Vegas’ Ogden hotel, which overlooked the Life Is Beautiful alternative-music festival that took place the weekend prior to the Jason Aldean concert, comes a report of another booking. USA Today reports a law enforcement source confirmed that Paddock booked two rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza fest in Chicago—which was held nearly two months before the Vegas massacre. The check-in dates at the Blackstone Hotel were staggered, with one beginning Aug. 1 and the other Aug. 3; both had an Aug. 6 checkout date. The festival ran Aug. 3-6.
A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock researched hotels near Fenway Park in Boston. Paddock likely chose not to make the home of the Boston Red Sox a target because there are no hotels in the area with a direct view of the ballpark. There is no indication that Paddock ever traveled to Boston.
Paddock also researched Lollapalooza, a music festival in Chicago, and booked a hotel room for early August when the event was held. He reportedly never showed up for his reservation.
The tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas has sent shockwaves across the world, and that includes within the realm of sports. On Wednesday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks paid tribute to a former employee who was one of the 59 people killed by Paddock. The young woman most recently worked for the Los Angeles Rams.
Paddock committed suicide before police got to his hotel room.