Stephen Paddock was also looking at Chicago and Boston for a shooting location. He specifically looked at Boston and even booked rooms during the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. More information is coming out on what happened in Chicago and how Paddock aggressively demanded a festival-view room:
CHICAGO WAS A TARGET
The Chicago Lolapalooza festival is located in Grant Park during the summer and is one of the largest music festivals in the world. Young people converge on the city of Chicago for the 4 day festival in the park with Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan on either side of the venue. That’s why it would have been even worse for those who couldn’t escape because of the lake bordering the park. To think that this mad man was targeting this venue is sickening…
HE LIED TO GET THE ROOM
Stephen Paddock got a guaranteed room with a view that overlooked the Lollapalooza festival because he was aggressive and demanding with the hotel manager.
Paddock booked 2 rooms at the Blackstone Hotel for early August that coincided with the music festival. He booked the rooms through Expedia, and requested rooms with a view of Grant Park, but he couldn’t get a guarantee.
The hotel directly overlooked the main stage (see photo above) as well as several adjoining stages. It also overlooks the main entrance and exit where thousands of people file through. And the hotel had a bird’s-eye view of the crowd. We’re told Paddock specifically requested both rooms be a “view room” which only face Grant Park, where the concert was being held.
Paddock then called the hotel and someone entered a note in the computer that his view room was guaranteed … despite the fact that’s against hotel policy.
PADDOCK WAS AGGRESSIVE
Now we’ve learned how Paddock got the guarantee. He got a manager on the phone and was aggressive, saying he needed the view because he and his wife met at Lollapalooza years back and this was an anniversary trip. Paddock had never booked a room at the hotel before, nor had his girlfriend. Paddock was “forceful” on the phone, and it worked.
The hotel’s general manager is downloading law enforcement on the bookings and conversations.
Paddock never showed up for the event that was held 2 months before the Vegas massacre.
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