A crazed terrorist gunman who murdered 59 people at a country event in Las Vegas may have originally targeted the high-profile ‘Life is Beautiful Festival’, according to the Daily Beast.
The domestic terrorist, who has been identified as a 64-year-old white man Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 59 and injuring over 500 more.
It has also been revealed that Paddock set up surveillance cameras outside the hotel room in order to detect when police closed in before turning the gun on himself.
However, police sources have reportedly told the Daily Beast that the murderer had originally rented multiple rooms overlooking the area of Vegas’ Life is Beautiful Festival which took place the weekend of September 24th. The aforementioned festival boasted a line-up of Gorillaz, Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Muse, The xx, and more.
Life is Beautiful CEO Justin Weninger said in a 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,” Weninger added. “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.”