Mass shooting during final act of Las Vegas country music festival, Route 91 Harvest: Artists share their thoughts on social media

Mass shooting during final act of Las Vegas country music festival, Route 91 Harvest: Artists share their thoughts on social media

To be honest, I have no idea how to start this blog. What an absolute terrible tragedy.

Route 91 Harvest is a country music festival that takes place in Las Vegas every year. It is sister festivals with Chicago’s own Lakeshake Festival that takes place in June every year for the past three years. All of which my sister and I, as huge country fans, have attended.

The tragedies seem to be endless lately but this one hits particularly close to home. Some of the injured and killed are people who probably have sang alongside me at Lakeshake in the past. That is something that is hard to wrap my head around.

At about 12 PM CST last night, a gunman opened fire at the festival during Jason Aldean’s performance. Last report by the Las Vegas Police Department stated that more than 50 were killed and more than 400 were injured making this the worst mass shooting in American history.

Many of the artists who were in attendance this weekend, some even during the shootings reached out on social media to say they were safe and to reach out to those affected.

Jason Aldean, who was performing on stage at the time the gunman opened fire issued a statement on Instagram:

Jake Owen who was the last to perform on the main stage before Aldean live tweeted three times during and after.

Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray.

— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) October 2, 2017

Gun shots were ringing off of the stage rigging and road cases. No one knew where to go..thankyou LVPD and responders for keeping us safe

— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) October 2, 2017

Big & Rich who took the stage earlier in the night reached out to let everyone know they were okay.

Everyone in the B&Rcamp is ok thoughts and prayers to everyone in vegasat #Route91

— Big & Rich (@bigandrich) October 2, 2017

Kane Brown who took the main stage earlier in the night.

This world is sick

— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) October 2, 2017

 

Josh Abbott, who was on the main stage towards the beginning of the final day of the 3 day festival tweeted that his wife was safe, but still in the room.

Active shooter by us in Vegas. Say some prayers

— Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband) October 2, 2017

Everyone in JAB is accounted for. They evacuated us from Mandalay. My fiancée is still in room. They won't let me in but she's safe

 

Tyler Reeve, who opened the Main stage on Sunday shared many peoples’s loss for words.

Really no words. Will never understand how people can do these things. Keep these people in your prayers... #vegas

— Tyler Reeve (@tylerreeve) October 2, 2017

 

Luke Combs, who closed out the Next from Nashville stage tweeted during and after the shooting.

Active shooter at @Route91Harvest in Vegas. We're safe. Love you guys.

— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) October 2, 2017

Me, the band, and crew are all safe. Been a long night, gonnatry to get some sleep. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) October 2, 2017

 

Dylan Scott, someone I was fortunate to see on the Next from Nashville stage at the Lakeshake Festival, had just left the festival for the airport.

Me, the band, and crew are all safe. Been a long night, gonnatry to get some sleep. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) October 2, 2017

 

LVMPD shared some helpful numbers on Twitter as well:

For families looking to locate missing loved ones, please call 1-866-535-5654.

— LVMPD (@LVMPD) October 2, 2017

@FBILasVegas is asking anyone with videos or photos from the 10/1/17 Las Vegas shooting to please call 1-800-CALLFBI (255-5324)

— FBI Las Vegas (@FBILasVegas) October 2, 2017

 

Those affected are in my thoughts today and will be for a long, long time.

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