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Country musicians react on social media after Las Vegas music festival mass shooting

| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Jason Aldean performs at PNC Park Saturday, July 26, 2014.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Jason Aldean performs at PNC Park Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Country musician Jason Aldean was the final performer of a weekend-long music festival in Las Vegas where at least 58 people were killed and 515 injured in the worst mass shooting in modern United States history.

Aldean was in the middle of a song when gunfire opened up on the crowd from the window of a room at the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the Las Vegas Strip, police and media reported. The musician's set was scheduled to begin at 9:40 p.m. at the Nevada venue, according to the Route 91 Harvest music festival's website.

Aldean was not injured. He last performed at the then-First Niagara Pavilion near Pittsburgh in September 2016.

In an Instagram post hours after the shooting, Aldean said the night was "beyond horrific."

Jake Owen, who had just wrapped up his evening performance, recounted in an interview with NBC News hearing the rapid gunshots .

"You could hear it ringing off the tops of the rafters of the stage, that's when you saw people fleeing," he told the news station. "At that point, everyone on stage just started running everywhere possible. It was pretty chaotic for sure."

The outdoor festival was an all-ages show at a venue with two stages, merchandise tents and a line dancing area.

Aldean is on the final leg of his tour with shows scheduled for this weekend in California. He is set for a performance in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 19, according to the schedule listed on his website.

He and several other music stars are scheduled to perform a fundraiser concert in Nashville to help with hurricane relief on Nov. 12.

Other performers at the festival included Big & Rich on Sunday evening, Sam Hunt and Maren Morris on Saturday night and Eric Church on Friday.

Country musicians began reaching out on social media Monday morning and expressing their shock and sympathy to those affected by the shooting. The gunman was dead at the scene after police used explosives to storm the hotel room, police and media reported.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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