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Stephen Paddock Specifically Asked Hotel For Room With View Of Lollapalooza

By Stephen Gossett in News on Oct 5, 2017 8:55PM

Lollapalooza, 2017 / Photo: Annie Lesser

Stephen Paddock—the Las Vegas mass shooter who also booked two rooms at a Chicago hotel that overlooks Grant Park for dates that coincided with Lollapalooza—asked specifically for a room that overlooked the concert area and asked to be notified before check-in if the hotel wasn't able to provide him one.

As first reported by TMZ, Paddock booked two rooms at the Blackstone Hotel, one for Aug. 1 and one for Aug. 3, through Expedia, then called to ask that his rooms have views.

TMZ reports:

"We're told the hotel does not guarantee view rooms, but for some reason in the hotel computer system there's a note that guaranteed Paddock a view room.

We're told the hotel is now trying to figure out why someone on the staff broke policy by guaranteeing him a room with a view."

Notes in the system also say that Paddock wanted a notification before checking in if the hotel was unable to give him a "view room," sources told the website.

A spokesperson for the hotel declined to comment on whether such notes had been added to Paddock's reservation. But a source confirmed the details of TMZ's report with Chicagoist.

The spokesperson confirmed earlier that a reservation was made under the name Stephen Paddock. A law enforcement source confirmed with the Tribune that it was the same Paddock who killed 59 people and injured hundreds more when he opened fire on a country-music festival on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Despite the reservations in Chicago, Paddock did not stay at the Blackstone in August during Lollapalooza, a spokesperson with the hotel's public-relations firm confirmed. Both rooms that Paddock booked had a checkout date of Aug. 6, the final day of the festival.

The four-day festival stretches from Aug. 3 to 6. Formerly a traveling festival, Lollapalooza has been staged at Grant Park annually since 2005. The festival draws more than 100,000 people each day over its four-day run.

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