Mystery surrounds motive for Las Vegas gunman's shooting spree

Erica Roy
October 9, 2017

Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and real estate investor, rained down about 1,600 rounds of ammo from a 32th-floor suite of Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of more than 22,000 people attending a country music festival, killing at least 59 and injuring almost 500 on Sunday.

TMZ, a US celebrity news website, reported Thursday that Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas gunman, booked two rooms on the park side of the Blackstone Hotel with a clear view of the Lollapalooza, which drew hundreds of thousands of music fans every year at Grant Park in Chicago.

But officials do believe that Paddock must have had some kind of help in his plan to wipe out a large amount of people - a plan that they think he thought out for years, perhaps even decades. This year the festival began on August 3 and finished on August 6. Paddock reportedly booked a hotel overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Downtown Chicago, according to.

Sources close to TMZ confirmed that a person under Paddock's name booked the rooms, but never stayed at the hotel.

The Australian girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock said he showed signs of mental illness and would often lie in bed screaming.

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The Chicago Tribune later reported that the Chicago Police Department is investigating the matter.

Danley goes on to says she will "cooperate fully with their (the FBI's) investigation". He killed himself before police closed in.

After the massacre, people trying to puzzle through his motive wondered if he had some grudge against people who like country music, given his choice to target an event featuring artists like country music superstar Jason Aldean. It too boasted artists like Muse, Lorde, Blink-182, Chance the Rapper and The xx, as well as the Killers and Arcade Fire.

Paddock was known to stare at other people. The hotel was across the street from Grant Park, where the four-day festival was taking place.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Paddock rented several rooms at The Ogden hotel overlooking the Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas a week earlier.

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