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Jason Aldean says he and his crew are safe. The country music star was performing Sunday night in Las Vegas when a shooter opened fire on the crowd from a nearby hotel tower.
In an Instagram post early this morning, he called the night “horrific,” adding that it hurts his heart that the tragedy occurred as fans were trying to enjoy a fun night.
Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate
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Oct 2, 2017 at 1:17am PDT
Aldean was the headliner closing the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, which was full of performers from Nashville.
Singer Chris Young tweeted that he is lucky to be alive. He found himself on the floor of a trailer behind the stage during the hail of gunfire. He calls the mass shooting “heartbreaking.”
Spent I don't know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage... know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire...
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
Jake Owen was on stage during the shooting and described his experience to NBC News.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 2, 2017
Owen also talked to the Bobby Bones Show about his experience. "This sounded like a full-on automatic rifle just unloading," he said. "At that point, you could see Jason [Aldean] was out on the catwalk, and he just put his guitar in the air and started running back toward the drum set to get off the stage. And that's when you knew. People started fleeing in the crowd. It was wild."
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Oct 2, 2017 at 3:44am PDT