Lost items from Las Vegas shooting returned to some who fled

Joann Johnston
October 9, 2017

Hotel sources who spoke to TMZ said that Paddock was "forceful" in his demands, and that hotel staff gave in.

According to TMZ, Paddock specifically requested rooms overlooking Grant Park, but he never showed up at the Blackstone.

Paddock also rented a room at the Ogden Las Vegas hotel during the "Life is Beautiful" music festival from September 22-24, the weekend before the mass shooting. An estimated 400,000 people, including former First Daughter Malia Obama, attended the four-day music festival in August.

Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago - and perhaps Boston's Fenway Park - before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans.

The Boston Police Department issued a statement on Thursday saying officers are aware of the reports referencing "a Boston connection" to the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Paddock fired shots into a crowd of about 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest music festival from his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and wounding 527.

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Investigators have interviewed Marilou Danley, Paddock's girlfriend, who returned to the United States from the Philippines, her homeland, where Paddock had sent her two weeks earlier. "It's not safe to do so", said Robert Chamberlin, a member of the Las Vegas police department's counter-terrorism force.

This is what we know so far about the night of the tragedy and the events leading up to it, according to a timeline from ABC News and a variety of other news sources.

He also amassed a huge arsenal of weapons and explosives, and set up surveillance equipment outside his room to detect any approaching outsiders, including police.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Clark County Sheriff Lombardo was asked if he saw evidence that Paddock had planned to escape after the attack.

"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks", McCabe said.

Danley returned on Tuesday from the Philippines, where Paddock had sent her before the attack and was being interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said it was unclear whether Paddock was ever in the city or when he conducted the Internet searches.

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