Country singer Jake Owens was among the several individuals who were unfortunately caught up in the recent and bloody mass shooting in Las Vegas that stole the lives of over 50 innocent people and left over 400 more casualties.
When gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire at the audience while he stood by the window of his room from the Mandalay Bay Hotel’s 32nd floor, Jake was with fellow artists at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. They were standing about 50 feet away from where Jason Aldean was. In an exclusive interview with Today, Owens shared that when the shooting occurred, he just sort of ran just like everybody else did.
“At one point, I was crouched down behind a cop car with about 20 other people, that were people who had just come to the show. Everyone’s asking if everyone’s okay. There was blood on people. You can see a couple of folks on the street that looked like they had been shot, lying there.”
He described what transpired as ‘very chaotic’, and adds that although he is alright now, it is still unfortunate that there are much more who aren’t. At first, they wondered whether they heard actual gunshots or not, but then later realized that after the sounds got faster and louder, it may have originated from an automatic rifle. That was when people began to run and panic.
On the other hand, John Rich from the Big & Rich duo stated in an interview for the Ty, Kelly, and Chuck morning show that the recent shooting will dramatically “change the way concerts happen”. “It’s gonna change the way artists look at a concert. It’s gonna change the way fans look at a concert.” He suffices. “it’s gonna change the way security operates at a concert. And it’s going to change the way everybody associated with a country music event looks at it. The reverberations of it are epic.”
What was supposed to be a memorable and festive night celebrating music turned into a blood-soaked and devastating nightmare that scarred so many innocent people for life. Even for the survivors, it will surely be difficult for them to process all that had just happened.
While John Rich’s perspective may not accurately predict the future of how people will enjoy country music from here on, there is little reason to doubt how people would be more scared for their safety in the coming months or years. However, restoring peace and security for all is something that should be worked on hand-in-hand by authorities and us, civilians.