Police will Heighten Security at Fenway Park and Surrounding Hotels

Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old perpetrator of the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, may have considered other targets in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Boston before he ultimately carried out his attack in Las Vegas on Sunday night that left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. Earlier in the summer, Paddock booked hotel rooms overlooking other festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago.

According to ABC News, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock searched for hotels near Fenway Park. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said it was unclear whether Paddock was ever in the city or when he conducted the Internet searches.

But William Evans said Thursday he could not confirm the report and had not been briefed on the matter.

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Gov. Charlie Baker said there is no evidence of an imminent threat that has anything to do with the Commonwealth, and deferred to authorities in Vegas.

The Red Sox said in a statement that they have been told there's now no credible threat to Fenway Park.

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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.

But the commissioner said there's a meeting planned with officials from hotels in the area to talk about the Las Vegas shootings and how to increase society. Among the thousands of people who attended the festival was Malia Obama, daughter of former President Barack Obama.

Paddock opened fire on a music festival in Vegas on Sunday night, killing almost 60 people and wounding hundreds more.

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Officials are also looking into a possible motive that led him to bring 23 guns inside his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and target 22,000 country music fans across the street at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

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