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Country music stars react to the Las Vegas shooting

Some of them had performed at the music festival that weekend.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Oct 2, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:41 pm CDT

The country music community was stunned after a gunman killed 59 people and injured more than 527 at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

The gunman, who has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired down on the crowd who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a nearby hotel while headliner Jason Aldean performed. According to an eyewitness account relayed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aldean was quickly removed from the stage as shooting began.

Aldean posted an image to Instagram that read “Pray for Las Vegas” and informed his fans that he and his band were safe. He offered his thoughts and prayers and described the night as “beyond horrific.”

“Tonight has been beyond horrific,” Aldean wrote. “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.”

Aldean’s wife Brittany also let people know that they were both safe.

Jake Owen, who performed right before Aldean, said that he “witnessed the most unimaginable event” and thanked the Las Vegas Police Department and first responders for their work.

Other country musicians who had previously performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival earlier in the weekend let everyone know that they were safe and shared condolences for the victims.

Chris Young, who wasn’t performing but had been in attendance at the festival, shared that he was safe and called the shooting “heartbreaking.”

Other country stars who weren’t performing tweeted their condolences to the victims of the mass shooting and love to Aldean, which poured in the aftermath of the shooting and early Monday.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the latest death toll in the Las Vegas shooting.

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*First Published: Oct 2, 2017, 7:44 am CDT