In the terrifying minutes after the Sunday night shooting in Las Vegas, in which at least 59 country music fans were killed and more than 500 more injured, country artists came together to do what they do best during horrendous moments such as this.
They prayed, as reports emerged of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The festival was taking place outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, and the shooting reportedly began around 10 p.m. One fan caught the horrifying first moments of the attack on video.
Jason Aldean was onstage as shots rang out, and ran to the side of the stage and the music shut down and the stage lights cut off. Other artists who were on hand at the festival have begun posting chilling firsthand reports, or checking in to let fans know they’re safe, including Jason Owen, Chris Young, Luke Combs and Kane Brown.
Chris Young was not on the festival lineup, so it’s not clear why he was there, although his tweets indicate he was clearly in the thick of the terror.
But even artists who weren’t at the show quickly rushed to their socials to express concern over what is still a developing situation.
Police have confirmed that the 64-year-old shooter is dead. The shooter, identified as Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, carried out his attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.