BREAKING: Jason Aldean and Band are safe following deadly shooting just hours ago. Reports of at least 50 dead and more than 100 injured during Jason's outdoor performance in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas gunman who killed at least 50 people and injured more than 100 when he opened fire on a music festival has been identified as a 64-year-old white male, according to ABC News. Police say shots were fired at concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino while country singer Jason Aldean performed last night. The sole gunman was later killed by police and is being identified as 64-year-old local resident Stephen Paddock. Police say they located a companion of the shooter named Marilou Danley who is being questioned in the investigation. Witnesses reported seeing muzzle flashes from upper floors of the hotel and the sound of automatic gun fire. This marks the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Just hours ago, a gunman opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Jason Aldean was on stage performing the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when gunshots were heard. Many people thought it was fireworks but soon realized it was gunfire. Jason and his band stopped moments hearing the shots. The lights were shut down. The gunmen continued firing shots.
Jason and his band are OK at least but one Las Vegas police officer has reportedly been shot. At last check, 26 people were reported shot, two of those possibly dead – and that number is expected to grow.
Witnesses say that the sound appeared to be coming from the tower at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and that the shooting was downward into the crowd below.
One shooter has been confirmed as “down.”
Country stars including Jake Owen and Chris Young were also at the show and posted on social media (below).
The shooting erupted during Jason Aldean's set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day event which featured major stars including Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Michael Ray and Lauren Alaina. Aldean was wrapping up the festival just hours ago (Sunday night).
"This world is sick," Kane Brown tweeted. Michael Ray wrote, "My heart is breaking, we were just there Friday! My prayers are with everyone." Luke Combs tweeted, "We're safe. Love you guys."
"Praying for everyone at Route 91. That crowd was one of the best I've played all year," tweeted Lauren Alaina. "This news is devastating. My camp is home & safe."
Josh Abbott shared that everyone in his band is accounted for; "They evacuated us from Mandalay. My fiancee is still in room. They won't let me in but she's safe."
"Take cover and get safe immediately," tweeted Brothers O. "Prayers to everyone there."
Officials at the Las Vegas University Medical Center in Las Vegas told ABC News that 26 patients had been received. Two are dead, and 12 are in critical condition, according to a spokesperson.
This is a developing story. Country 1073, WRWD's Party Marty Mitchell will have updates throughout this morning and all day on WRWD and iHeartRadio.
Source: ABC News