Jason Aldean, the country musician who was on stage when gunshots went off during his live performance at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, was rushed off the stage when the shooting began. Early Monday morning, he released a statement on Instagram commenting on the chaos and saying his “thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight.”
Accordingly to Fox News, when gunshots rang out at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino around 10:00 pm local time on Sunday night, Aldean, who was in the middle of his performance, was quickly pulled off stage as concert-goers began to seek cover during the chaos.
Just a few hours later, Aldean posted a statement on Instagram, saying, “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.”
He continued, “My Thoughts and prayers do 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.”
As reported by ABC, more than 20 people have been confirmed dead and another 100 injured during the horrific mass shooting.
According to a witness, there was “nonstop gunfire” that sent concert-goers fleeing and running for cover.
Mike Cronk, one of the people in attendance, stated, “We were just at the concert there, and Jason Aldean was playing,” adding, “Kinda sounded like some fireworks going off. I think there was a first kinda volley, and then all of the sudden second volley.”
Cronk continued, “My buddy’s like, ‘I just got hit, ya know.’ He got hit three times. The people started diving for the ground. And it just continued.”
“It was pretty much chaotic,” said Cronk. “Lots of people got hit… It took a while to get him out. We had to get him over the fence and hiding under the stage for a while, ya know, to be safe. And finally we had to move him because he had three chest wounds.”
Cronk did confirm that his “buddy” was able to get on an ambulance is that “he’s going to be okay.”
— Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan) October 2, 2017
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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