Editors Note: Some of the information and links provided in this article are reports from outside outlets via unconfirmed law-enforcement sources. At this time, investigators have not yet confirmed nor denied these reports. If and when they do so, we will update you accordingly.
UPDATE 02:45PM 10/5: TMZ is reporting that the gunman was adamant that he receive a room with a view of Grant Park and Lollapalooza when he booked his room at Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.
UPDATE 01:25PM 10/5: A spokesperson for Wagstaff Worldwide Media who represents Marriott Hotels today confirmed that a reservation was made in August at Blackstone Hotel in Chicago by a person matching the name of the Las Vegas gunman. Blackstone Hotel overlooks Grant Park and Lollapalooza Music Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the country, attracting upwards of 100,000 people. However, the spokesperson additionally confirmed that the person who made the reservation never checked into the hotel.
UPDATE 11:55PM 10/4: Investigators have confirmed that the gunman used Airbnb to book a room at The Ogden in Downtown Las Vegas, overlooking Life Is Beautiful Festival.
On the evening of Sunday, October 1st tragedy struck the Las Vegas Strip when a gunman took 59 lives and injured over 500 people when he opened fire from his Mandalay Bay suite down onto the Route 91 Music Festival taking place just across the street.
Today new information has been revealed to the NY Post by a law-enforcement source, stating that the gunman’s original target may have been Life Is Beautiful Festival which took place the weekend prior, September 22-24 in Downtown Las Vegas and featured performances from Chance The Rapper, Muse, Gorillaz, Lorde, Blink 182, and The XX.
According to the law-enforcement source, the gunman attempted to rent a room downtown overlooking Life Is Beautiful, but was unable to do so.
UPDATE 5:01PM 10/03: The Daily Beast is reporting that the shooter did rent multiple condos at The Ogden, a 21-story condo building which overlooks Life Is Beautiful Festival.
On Life Is Beautiful’s website, festival CEO Justin Weniger shared the following statement:
“The Life is Beautiful Festival family is devastated by the horrific events that took place on Oct. 1 in our hometown of Las Vegas. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in our community, the victims, their families and the first responders.
Life is Beautiful is founded in the beliefs of community and our collective love for each other and the arts as well as making the world a more beautiful and loving place. In the wake of this tragedy, we gather strength from these ideals and urge everyone to come together as a community, support and love one another. We will overcome the hate and the divisiveness together. We will lean on each other to move forward and to create a world in which love is the only option.”
Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak has setup a GoFundMe page where you can donate and help support the victims of Sunday’s shooting. So far, an astonishing
$4,000,000 $9,000,000 has been raised.