Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock may have planned attack on Lorde concert

05 October, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Julio Duncan

Authorities are investigating whether the gunman who in Las Vegas this past weekend was planning to target a three-day music festival that featured names like Lorde, blink-182 and Australian trio Middle Kids last week. The Life is Beautiful Festival ran from September 22 to September 24 in Las Vegas and featured other artists including Blink 182, Muse and Gorillaz.

According to NBC News, a senior law enforcement source has claimed that Stephen Paddock rented out multiple apartments which overlooked the Life Is Beautiful festival site.

In an effort to confirm the report, The Daily Beast visited the Ogden, a 21-story luxury condominium tower with a line of sight to the concert-grounds. But a week later, he rented two rooms at the Mandalay Bay and opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest festival 32 floors below, killing 59 people and injuring hundreds more.

As The Daily Beast reports, police are now investigating leads which indicate that the shooter may have initially planned to attack a larger music festival, which was held a week earlier.

A spokesperson for the Ogden hotel stated that they are "not in a position to confirm or deny anything about Mr. Paddock's dealings". I have to tell you, I had an eerie feeling that night.

"The Life is Beautiful Festival family is devastated by the horrific events that took place on October 1 in our hometown of Las Vegas".

"Life is Beautiful" organizer Justin Weniger also declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in our community, the victims, their families and the first responders".



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