On Sunday, October 1, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place. 58 people were killed and 500 others injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
The tragedy occurred while country sensation Jason Aldean was performing a concert on stage. When the shooting began, Aldean was pulled off stage. Everyone in his band was safe from injury.
Immediately after the tragedy, Aldean took to Instagram to post about his sorrow. He also wanted to tell fans that he and his crew were safe.
He said, "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don't 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. #heartbroken #stopthehate"
Now, over a month after the incident, Aldean has had his first interview to talk about the attack. In the interview, he opened up about the moments that the shooting began.
He said, "I thought a speaker had blown. It just sounded like a crackling something. Then it happened again. It lasted longer the second time, and so then I was actually kind of getting aggravated. So I looked over at my monitor guys that's on the side of the stage as if to say 'What is that?' and 'Fix it.'"
Aldean said that he didn't realize he was in danger until he looked back at his band.
He said, "And so when I turned to look, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, like 'Let's go!' and my security guy was running on stage telling me to run."
"Everybody just kind of panicked, and didn't really know where to go, or what to do," he continued. "It was just kind of a crazy, pandemonium."
The country star also said that being back on stage and performing again is what helped he and his band the most. He said that even in the midst of the tragedy, he feels hope.
He said, "I feel like at the end of the day there's so much focus on, you know, politics, and race, and all these other things. At the end of the day, we're all in this together. We spend so much time arguing with each other, and not enough time like working on the issue that's really the problem."
Aldean finished the interview by saying that he hopes everyone can have the strength to "move on." He said that it is not something that will ever be forgotten, but that he hopes everyone can work together to find healing.
Please continue praying for those who lost loved ones in this horrific tragedy. In other breaking news, the longest living baseball hall of famer just passed away at 99.