Country music star Jason Aldean was in the middle of singing his song “When She Says Baby” at the Route 91 Harvest festival Sunday night (Oct. 1) when bullets began showering the crowd from above.
A gunman targeted the crowd of 22,000 from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, taking the lives of at least 59 people and injuring 527 others. After the country was rocked by the attack that became the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, countless artists expressed their condolences for the victims’ families — with Aldean being one of the first.
But after expressing his sadness over what happened during his set, Aldean took to Instagram again to further express how something has changed in the world, and how it’s “time to come together and stop the hate.” Take a look at his heartfelt post below.
Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate! #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas