The gunman who killed 59 people at a country music concert Sunday night might have originally targeted another Las Vegas festival a week earlier.
A law enforcement source told the Daily Beast that they’re investigating whether Stephen Paddock rented several condos at The Odgen. The 21-story tower’s north side overlooked this year’s “Life Is Beautiful” Festival, which took place September 22-24.
The source indicated that Paddock possibly backed out or set his sights on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, renting two rooms at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on September 28.
NBC News reported that approximately 50,000 fans attended the three-day festival, which was headlined this year by Chance the Rapper and Lorde.
“We’re not in a position to confirm or deny anything about Mr. Paddock’s dealings. I suggest you contact Metro [police]. As you know this is an ongoing investigation,” Melissa Warren, public affairs officer for Fais Foley Warren, who owns The Ogden, told the Daily Beast.
“Life is Beautiful” organizer Justin Weniger also declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
An official also confirmed to ABC News that Mandalay Bay housekeeping was asked not to visit Paddock’s room during the last leg of his stay.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo didn’t confirm during Tuesday’s news conference whether Paddock had targeted the “Life Is Beautiful” festival, according to NBC News.
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