Country music stars expressed their heartbreak for the shooting in Las Vegas last Sunday that left 58 dead and 500 injured.
The shooting happened at Route 91 Harvest which featured country music’s most popular acts. Singer Eri Church, Sam Hunt, and James Aldean were the headlines in different nights of the show.
James Aldean was the one performing when the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock open fire to the crowd of 22,000 attendees from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Aldean said on Instagram, he and his crew were safe, but called the tragedy “horrific.”
“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t 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,” Aldean said in a post on his Instagram page.
In a radio interview with “The Bobby Bones Show” on Monday morning, Jake Owen, who went to the stage just before James Aldean, said that he was watching Aldean perform and he recalled the moment the singer gunshots were ringing out. Owen also said that many thought that the gunfire was fireworks.
“Jason was out on the catwalk, and he just put his guitar up in the air and started running back toward the drum set to get off the stage,” Owen said. “That’s when you knew, people started fleeing, and it was wild, man. I’ve never seen obviously anything like this before. People are scared. People are still scared.”
Chis Young also attended the festival but he didn’t perform, and he recalled laying on the ground waiting for the gunfire to end.
“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…” Chris Young tweeted.
“I’m not gonna say anything else other than I’m lucky to be alive. As are many others…and so many people are gone…this is heartbreaking,” he tweeted several hours later.
Luke Combs, who also performed before Aldean on a different stage, told fans he and his band were safe.
“Me, the band, and crew are all safe. Been a long night, gonna try to get some sleep. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers,” Combs tweeted.
Other country music stars who weren’t at the festival expressed their heartbreak over the deadly shooting.
“Woke up to such horrible news. We are praying for the victims and their families. May the Lord bring some comfort to them,” Carrie Underwood tweeted.
“Stilled and speechless… Our hearts and prayers are with everyone involved and affected. –KU,” Urban tweeted.
“Words can’t begin [to] explain my sadness. My family and I are praying for the victims of this tragedy. Truly heartbroken,” tweeted Luke Bryan.
“My heart goes out to all of our friends, @jasonaldean, our music family and fans in Las Vegas. I’m praying for your healing. I pray God puts his arms around you. This is so sad and devastating. I can’t understand it.#prayforvegas #prayforpeace” Reba McEntire posted on Instagram.
We also feel heartbroken for what happened and it is very sad that we cant do anything about it but to pray. Please pray for Las Vegas.
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