Numerous hotels researched by Paddock offered views that were heavily obstructed and Paddock eventually gave up on the search.
Law enforcement officials told NEWS CENTER partner USA Today that Paddock booked rooms in a Chicago hotel facing the Lollapalooza music festival in August.
Boston police and Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday they are aware of a media report that the gunman from the Las Vegas massacre "researched possible attack locations in Boston and Chicago", but said they had no other information.
We are aware of the media reports.
One government official briefed on the matter said Paddock had been Googling Fenway Park and the Boston Center for the Arts.
Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated that there is no evidence of any threat to MA at the moment and that Las Vegas officials are the primary source of information. The FBI has requested all inquiries be referred directly to them.
Though there is no evidence yet that Paddock ever actually traveled to Boston, he reportedly researched locations here that held outdoor concerts - such as Fenway Park, which has hosted multiple concerts recently - as well as concerts in Chicago, law enforcement officials told NBC News. Among the thousands of people who attended the festival was Malia Obama, daughter of former President Barack Obama.
The horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas resulted in 59 people killed and over 500 injured.
According to NBC, The city of Boston was a potential target for the Las Vegas shooter.
Broken windows on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after a lone gunman opened fired on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.