Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

Country Music Community Shocked At “Beyond Horrific” Shootings

Everyone associated with Country Music Magazine shares the horror at the mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on 1 October at the Route 91 country music festival.

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At least 59 people were killed and a further 527 people were reported injured when a man, identified as Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the crowd from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which overlooks the open air arena.

More than 22,00 country fans were in attendance for the Route 91 festival. It featured headlining sets from Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Lee Brice, as well as appearances by Big & Rich, Kane Brown, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, Brett Young and the Josh Abbott Band.

Headliner Jason Aldean was on stage as the shooting began. On Instagram, Aldean wrote that the scene from the stage was “beyond horrific”.

“It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night,” he added.

Jon Loba, executive vice-president of the BBR Music Group, the parent company of Aldean’s record label, released a statement that said it was “horrified” by the violence.

“The country music community is a family and our listeners are part of that family,” he wrote. “They put food on our tables and allow our artists and staff to live our dreams by going to events like last night. While our artists and staff are safe, our hearts are broken for those listeners in our extended family who just wanted to share a night of great music.”

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