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Vegas Shooter May Have First Planned to Attack Lorde & Chance the Rapper Concert

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AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Paddock had rented multiple condos in the Ogden Hotel, overlooking the Life is Beautiful concerts.

According to The Daily Beast, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, the terrorist responsible for the mass murder of at least 59 and critical injury of over 500, had first set his sights on attacking the Life is Beautiful festival, which Lorde and Chance the Rapper headlined.

Life is Beautiful took place the previous weekend, September 22-24, along the Las Vegas strip. A "senior law enforcement official" said Paddock had rented multiple condos in the Ogden Hotel, overlooking the Life is Beautiful concerts.

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Paddock has similarly rented a room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel overlooking the Route 91 Harvest Festival, from where he opened fire during a performance by Jason Aldean on October 1. Law enforcement discovered 23 weapons in his suite, as well as his body, and 19 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and an explosive device in his Mesquite, Nevada home.

"We're not in a position to confirm or deny anything about Mr. Paddock's dealings," a representative for the Ogden told The Daily Beast. "I suggest you contact Metro [police]. As you know this is an on going investigation."

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