Jake Owen, Chris Young and Other Artists Live-Tweeted Events from Route 91 Festival as Shooting Unfolded


As Jason Aldean closed out Route 91 Harvest music fest in Las Vegas a gunman firing from a hotel killed more than 20 and injured more than 100. After the rapid-fire barrage, SWAT units found and killed the gunman. The shooting happened near the Mandalay Bay, on the south end of the famed Las Vegas strip. The gunman was on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.

As the events unfolded multiple country stars in Las Vegas live-tweeted their whereabouts and detailed the harrowing events.

Aldean was closing out the 3-day festival and posted to Instagram saying, along that he and his crew are safe, “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.”

Instagram post by Jason Aldean • Oct 2, 2017 at 8:17am UTC

Jake Owen, who was on the stage just before Aldean sent out a tweet to his daughter Pearl. Before sending out word that he was okay.

Chris Young, who didn’t play the festival was there as a fan.

Dan Ball, of California, told the LA Times was backstage with Big & Rich as they played the mainstage earlier in the evening. They left the festival to go to John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Bar where he says their tour manager told them what happened, “The tour manager came over to us and said shots were fired and people were down. We were locked down in the bar and hunkered down.

Rich later tweeted he and his team were safe.

Lauren Cowling
Born and raised in the South, Lauren grew up going to football games with her family and eating overcooked steak. When not writing, Lauren enjoys reading biographies, searching for pictures of puppies on the internet and drinking Sprite.

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