Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock booked hotel rooms overlooking Chicago’s Grant Park on days corresponding with the annual Lollapalooza music festival, officials confirmed Thursday.

According to a report on Thursday by celebrity news site TMZ, which broke the story, Paddock made two separate room bookings at the Blackstone Hotel on South Michigan Avenue, requesting a “view room” in each case. The Blackstone is directly across the street from the section of Grant Park that plays host to the long-running summer music festival that attracted an estimated 400,000 concert-goers this year. A high room at the hotel would have afforded sweeping lines of sight on several of the festival’s many stages.

Law enforcement officials confirmed the report, according to the Associated Press, after Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Wednesday that Paddock had also rented a high-rise apartment above another Las Vegas music festival last week.

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