Aldean says he hopes vic­tims can heal af­ter Ve­gas ho­tel shoot­ing

Santa Fe New Mexican - - THE WEATHER -

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.

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