Las Vegas shooter booked Chicago hotel during Lollapalooza

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Stephen Paddock didn't take no for an answer when he was told that a Chicago hotel couldn't guarantee him a room overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival, according to a new report.

"We can confirm that a reservation was made under the name Stephen Paddock, however authorities have not confirmed that this is the same person as the Las Vegas shooter".

Lollapalooza was held from August 3 to 6 this year, and Paddock's two rooms were booked from August 1 to 6 and from August 3 to 6.

Paddock booked a room at the Ogden hotel in downtown Las Vegas, which overlooks the site of the Life Is Beautiful festival.

According to the report, Paddock was aggressive and said that he need a room with a view because he would be celebrating his anniversary with his wife, and the two met at Lollapalooza.

The disclosures came as investigators struggled for a fourth day to explain what led the 64-year-old high-stakes gambler to open fire Sunday night on an open-air country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.

The room would have given Paddock a bird's-eye view of the concert, similar to the perch he used when firing into the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

However, Paddock never showed up for the reservation.

Chicago Police Bureau of Organized Crime Chief Anthony Riccio says there will be "significantly" more undercover officers working during the marathon than in years past.

The hotel management company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kiwi songstress Lorde, Chance the Rapper and United Kingdom rock band Muse were among the headliners at the September 22-24 festival. Lollapalooza draws hundreds of thousands of music fans every year to Grant Park.

USA media, citing multiple anonymous law enforcement sources, reported that searches of the Las Vegas gunman's communications and electronic equipment found that he had scouted locations in both Chicago and Boston. This was seen on closed-circuit television from the concert venue. Lombardo also noted that Paddock was planning to escape after attack. They move this way because they no longer hear the gunfire of an active shooter situation.

Police are still searching for a motive in the attack. Officers quickly realized there was no one else in the rooms and announced over the radio that the suspect was down.

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.

Australia's foreign affairs department said Friday it is aware she is "a person of interest" and described her case as "a matter for US law enforcement". She is wheeled off her flight at Los Angeles International Airport in a wheelchair. We don't know yet, ' Sheriff Lombardo said.

'Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and lived a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood, ' Lombardo said.