Las Vegas shooting suspect Stephen Paddock may have been considering attacks in both Chicago and Boston.
According to the Boston Globe, an official who was not authorized to comment on the investigation said authorities have found that Paddock had performed internet searches about major concert venues in Boston, including Fenway Park.
It is not known exactly when he performed these searches, or if he visited Boston. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Paddock made reservations at Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel for the weekend of the Lalapalooza music festival, and specifically requested the two rooms he reserved to have views of the main stage. According to TMZ, who first reported the information, Paddock did not appear for his reservation.
The Boston police department released a media statement on Thursday, saying that there was no immediate security threat to the city.
“We are aware of the media reports referencing a Boston connection to the Las Vegas mass shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center is in contact with our local and federal law enforcement partners here and in Las Vegas and continues to monitor the situation. There is currently no known threat to the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region related to this incident. The LVMPD is the lead investigating agency, therefore, all further inquires should be directed to them. The BPD has and will continue to take proper security measures to protect all public venues and gatherings in the city.”
Sunday’s mass shooting was the deadliest in United States history, killing 59 people and injuring almost 500 more.
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