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Las Vegas shooter used real estate investments to fund gambling, guns

08 October 2017

Paddock opened fire Sunday on a country music concert from a Las Vegas hotel room and killed 58 people. While police continue to investigate his motives and discern a reason behind the attack, speculation stirred that he had booked a condo in Las Vegas a week prior for the Life Is Beautiful festival, and could have been targeting that event, as well.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock may have been targeting the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago that takes place annually in August.

The report states Stephen Paddock had booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel on Michigan Avenue, one for August 1 - two days before the annual music festival began - and another for August 3, which was opening day. His rooms at the Blackstone Hotel faced the park and were booked for Aug. 1 through Aug. 6 and Aug. 3 through Aug. 6, respectively, according to TMZ..

"We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners", CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in response Thursday morning.

Paddock sent Danley on a trip to her native Philippines before the attack, and she was unaware of his plans and devastated when she learned of the carnage while overseas, she said in a statement.

The hotel confirmed a Stephen Paddock made a reservation but said he never checked in.

They also know he rented an apartment in a Las Vegas high-rise over another music festival the weekend before the massacre, though not why.

Still, Paddock was considered a high-value player, and casinos rewarded his gambling with perks that included free trips, rooms, meals and other luxuries, his brother said.

The weekend before the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, Paddock rented a high-rise condo in a building that overlooked the Life is handsome alternative music festival, said Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who offered no other details about what led Paddock there.

About 400,000 people, including Barack and Michelle Obama's oldest daughter, Malia, attended the festival, which showcased artists like The Killers, Muse and Lorde.

Authorities have been trying to reconstruct Paddock's movements leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Monday: Investigators say they have located the suspect's girlfriend and say that she is overseas and is no longer a person of interest.

The same week that the Life is lovely event was set to go down, Paddock sent his live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley, home to the Philippines to "spare her life", according to her sisters. But they can also give away the shooter's position.

Las Vegas shooter used real estate investments to fund gambling, guns