Las Vegas shooter may have had help, plan to target Lollapalooza also

Las Vegas gunman had booked a hotel near Lollapalooza

Investigators are still trying to determine why the 64-year-old opened fire from a window at the Mandalay Bay hotel killing 58 people and leaving more than 500 injured.

Before Stephen Paddock made a decision to attack the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas he may have considered carrying out similar massacres in other cities, including Chicago and Boston, NBC News reports.

When a journalist at the news conference asked if investigators had seen any evidence that Paddock had planned to survive the attack and possibly try to escape, Sheriff Lombardo replied, "Yes".

As a mother and grandmother "my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones", she said.

Unlike so many other perpetrators of deadly mass shootings before him, Paddock left behind no suicide note, no manifesto, no recordings and no messages on social media pointing to his intent, according to police.

TMZ reports Paddock booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel, which has a view of Grant Park - where Lollapalooza is held - before and during the festival in early August. Paddock did not check in to the room and it is unknown whether he was in Chicago that weekend, as first reported by TMZ.

Travel records obtained by ABC News showed Danley uses an Australian passport and traveled to the Philippines on September 15.




Federal agents say they are still pulling information and data from 12 phones and laptops they've recovered as a part of the investigation.

"McMahill acknowledged that Islamic State had repeatedly claimed responsibility for the attack, but said investigators had uncovered "no nexus" between that Mideast-based militant group and Paddock". (AAP) Marilou Danley has faced questioning over her relationship with Paddock.

Outside of his hotel room, Paddock had set up cameras.

Unfortunately, Paddock decided that he'd carry out his heinous act during the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas on October 1.

"You gotta make the assumption he had to have some help at some point", said Lombardo.

He requested an upper-floor room overlooking the festival and stockpiled 23 guns, a dozen of which were modified with bump stocks to fire continuously like an automatic weapon.

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