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Las Vegas Shooting News and Photos

Here’s the latest on the investigation into the Las Vegas shooting:

— At least 59 people, including the shooter, died after Sunday night’s mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

— The motive remains unknown, but police say the attack was “obviously premeditated.”

— The gunman, Stephen Paddock, may have planned to escape the scene.

— A note authorities found in Paddock’s hotel was not a suicide note.

 Vegas Shooter Identified as Stephen Paddock

— Paddock visited several music festivals in the Las Vegas area.

— Paddock booked hotel rooms in Chicago in August overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival.

— Paddock was seen gambling for eight hours straight on the night before the shooting.

— Paddock was seen with another woman, who was not his girlfriend, in the days before the shooting.

Suspect may have visited other music festivals

Officials briefed on the investigation into alleged Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock booked hotel rooms in Chicago in early August during the Lollapalooza music festival. One of the hotels where he had reservations was the Blackstone on South Michigan Avenue, across from Grant Park, where the annual event took place.

The Chicago Police Department said in a statement Thursday, “We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners. As you saw earlier this week the city conducts extensive public safety planning and training around major events, in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, to ensure public safety.”

A source with the Chicago Police Department confirmed  that Paddock had reservations at the Blackstone hotel.

However, a spokesman for the Blackstone told ABC News in a statement today, “We can confirm that there was no guest under [Paddock’s] name who stayed at our hotel in August during the Lollapalooza music festival. We are cooperating with the authorities on this matter.”

It’s unclear whether Paddock traveled to Chicago at that time.

Officials briefed on the investigations say that Paddock may have visited several music festivals in the greater Las Vegas area over the past several months. All the venues are believed to have been within driving distance of Las Vegas.

Paddock is also believed to have made regular trips to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino starting Sept. 3 and through the rest of the month. He was known at most of the big casinos on the Las Vegas Strip because he was a major player who visited the casinos a lot, the officials said.  Read more here

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