Police Probe Whether Vegas Shooter Eyed Space Near Earlier Festival

Police Probe Whether Vegas Shooter Eyed Space Near Earlier Festival

Police Probe Whether Vegas Shooter Eyed Space Near Earlier Festival

The source says Paddock rented multiple condos overlooking the Life is attractive festival.

A senior law enforcement source whom Daily Beast did not identify told the publication that Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, "might have originally targeted another Las Vegas music festival held the previous weekend".

As The Daily Beast reports, police are now investigating leads which indicate that the shooter may have initially planned to attack a larger music festival, which was held a week earlier.

Paddock "rented multiple condos overlooking the annual Life Is Beautiful Festival, which this year was headlined by Lorde and Chance the Rapper", Daily Beast reported, adding that it was possible that Paddock had "lost his nerve".

A rep for the owner said, "We're not in a position to confirm or deny anything about Mr. Paddock's dealings".

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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.

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At this time, it's not clear if it was a thwarted attempt to commit an earlier attack or a dry run as part of his meticulous planning for the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack.

Local and national outlets alike shared in their reports that Paddock's Mandalay Bay suite was stocked with 23 high-powered weapons and cameras throughout to monitor police activity.

The head of the festival, Justin Weninger, said in a statement, "The Life is Beautiful Festival family is devastated by the horrific events that took place on October 1 in our hometown of Las Vegas".

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