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Jason Aldean calls Las Vegas shooting ‘beyond horrific’

Country singer Jason Aldean, who has a show scheduled for San Diego on Oct. 7, was on stage headlining festival when gunshots started.

Country star Jason Aldean posted a statement on social media Tuesday, a little over 24 hours after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, where he was performing on stage when bullets rained on 22,000 fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

His statement:

“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”

Hours after a lone gunman shot into crowds at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday, Aldean called the shooting “beyond horrific.”

In a post on Instagram, the country star said: “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. #heartbroken #stopthehate”

Aldean, who headlined the three-day festival in Las Vegas, is currently on tour and this week, his itinerary includes stops at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday and Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Saturday.

As of Tuesday morning, the was no word whether the tour will continue as planned.

The Georgia-born Aldean was last in San Diego on Aug. 13, 2016, when he brought his Six String Circus Tour to the Chula Vista concert venue, then called Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

The country singer was the last act in a three-day lineup that include Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Jake Owen and Brothers Osborne.

Twitter: @outdoorlivingsdmichael.rocha@sduniontribune.com

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