Aldean says he hopes victims can heal after Vegas hotel shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country star Jason Aldean says he hopes that healing can start for those affected by a mass shooting at a Las Vegas, Nev., music festival in his first interview since the October shooting.
Speaking on NBC’s Today show, Aldean, who was on stage when a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, said that he initially thought a speaker had blown when he heard a sound like a crackling over his inear monitors. After the shooting continued, he looked over to the side of the stage to figure out what was going on.
“When I turned to look, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, like ‘Let’s go,’ ” Aldean said. “And my security guy was running on stage telling me to run.”
Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds more injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history after gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel-casino. SWAT teams with explosives then stormed his room and found he had killed himself. “Everyone was scrambling, just didn’t know what was going on,” Aldean said. “It was panic. That’s probably the best way to describe it.”
The country star canceled some of his tour dates, but resumed touring about two weeks after the shooting.