Monday, October 2, 2017
– At least 50 people were shot dead and more than 515 injured in a shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night while Jason Aldean was performing in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
A total of at least 58 people were dead. None of the musicians or their band mates were known to have been killed.
The alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Las Vegas, was killed. He reportedly shot people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. When police entered his room, he was already dead. Police have located a woman, Marilou Danley, who was traveling with Paddock.
Aldean said in a posting on Instagram, "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"."
Aldean reportedly started playing at about 9:40 p.m. local time and was about five songs into his set when the shooting broke out. A number of concert goers thought that it was firecrackers going off, but the shooting persisted with people running for cover.
Jake Owen preceded Aldean. He tweeted, "Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray."
Big & Rich also played Sunday night and tweeted, "Everyone in the B&R camp is ok thoughts and prayers to everyone in vegas at #Route91
Abut 22,000 attended the concert, according to one report. Aldean's show was the closing night of a three-day festival.