Stephen Paddock, the shooter who opened fire at a Las Vegas music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more before killing himself, researched outdoor concert locations in Boston, according to reports.
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.
The research included outdoor concerts and hotel rooms that overlooked those concerts, NBC News reported, and Paddock reportedly booked a hotel room that overlooked the Chicago music festival Lollapalooza.
The Boston Police Department issued a statement on Thursday saying officers are aware of the reports referencing “a Boston connection” to the Las Vegas mass shooting.
“The Boston Regional Intelligence Center is in contact with our local and federal law enforcement partners here and in Las Vegas and continues to monitor the situation,” the department said in a statement. “There is currently no known threat to the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region related to this incident.”
Police added that the Las Vegas Metro Police Department is the lead investigating agency, so further information would have to come from that department.
“The BPD has and will continue to take proper security measures to protect all public venues and gatherings in the city,” the statement continued.
Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated that there is no evidence of any threat to Massachusetts at the moment and that Las Vegas officials are the primary source of information.
“The investigation is being led by the folks in Las Vegas, and we’re in constant conversation with the fusion center here in Massachusetts, which is in constant contact with them,” Baker said, according to WBZ. “We’re aware of the media reports, but because it’s an ongoing investigation, I’m not going to speak any more to it than that.”