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Las Vegas Shooting: Stephen Paddock Had His Sights on Las Vegas for Weeks, EDM Industry on Edge
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6 Oct 2017 03:40 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Stephen Paddock (Image Source: Facebook via NY Daily News)

Stephen Paddock had his sights on many areas, including Chicago and Boston.

Reports claim the Las Vegas shooter planned to open fire at other music festivals such as the Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) and Lollapalooza music festival. The shooter's motives have the music community on edge. Though Paddock has shot and killed himself, it has people wondering if it could happen again.

On Thursday, October 5, it was reported that Stephen Paddock booked rooms at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago back in August. Law enforcement officials told USA Today the 64-year-old booked one room at the Blackstone Hotel for August 1, two days before the festival opened. He booked a second room for August 3. Both rooms had a checkout date of August 6, corresponding with the dates of the music festival. What's not clear is if Paddock used the rooms or attended the music festival.

The lineup included artists such as Arcade Fire, Chance the Rapper, and Lorde. Among celebrity attendees were President Barack Obama's daughter Malia. Over 100,000 people attended the weekend-long event, according to the media.

"We are aware of the media reports and have been in communication with our federal partners," the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. "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."

Paddock also research Boston and other possible locations. Sources told WBZ-TV chief investigative reporter Cheryl Fiandaca that there's no evidence that Paddock traveled to the city. Gov. Charlie Baker also said there's no backing evidence of an imminent threat to the Commonwealth.

"The investigation is being led by the folks in Las Vegas, and were in constant conversation with the fusion center here in Massachusetts, which is in constant contact with them," Baker said. "We're aware of the media reports, but because it’s an ongoing investigation, I’m not going to speak any more to it than that."

Paddock opened fired during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel and Casino. He was later found dead in his hotel room. This tragedy has gripped the entire music community. Many electronic dance managers, artists, DJs, producers, and executives call Las Vegas a second home. Las Vegas is home to nightclubs, music festivals, carnivals, and much more. Many artists use the city as inspiration for their work.

EDM artist, DJs, and producers have taken to social media to share their thoughts and condolences with those affected, reports Billboard. Though the shooting took place at a country music festival, it has hit too close to home for the EDM community.

ISIS originally claimed responsibility for the shooting. U.S. Officials have not found any evidence that links Paddock to ISIS. Paddock's not tied to any religious organizations or terrorist groups. Little is known about Paddock and his motives. Even authorities are not clear on who Paddock was or why he did what he did. There are no traces of him on social media. He spent nearly decades stockpiling weapons and ammunition in his home, and he "meticulously" planned the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

An investigative report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal reads, "According to a law enforcement source, Paddock left 18 30-round magazines of .308 ammunition and 15 40-round magazines of .223 ammunition and police assume it was for additional violence if he escaped the hotel room."

Paddock clearly planned this massive shooting. He previously booked a room overlooking the Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas a week earlier, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. He also used Airbnb to rent a room at The Ogden during another music festival, which ran from Sept. 22-24. He also tried to get another room at El Cortez, but it sold out, so he sold three rooms at The Ogden.

Whoever Stephen Paddock, he knew what he was doing. Now, the music community is nervous about the chances for a repeat domestic or international terrorist attack.

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