Country singers Jake Owen and Chris Young saw firsthand what happened during the horrific Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, and both men are speaking out on what they saw and what it was like to be caught in the midst of such a terrible act of violence.
The deadly mass shooting took place at the Route 91 Country Music festival. During headliner Jason Aldean’s performance, a shooter opened fire from a hotel room window killing more than 50 people and wounding up to 400. Sadly the police expect that the death toll will rise. Owen, who performed right before Aldean, was a mere 50 feet away from the singer when bullets started flying.
"Standing there, you could hear the bullets starting to hit the roof of the stage and people started fleeing everywhere. You could hear people screaming. It sounded like gunshots were coming from all around us, and this is before any of us knew that it was coming from above," Owen told Good Morning America.
He went on to describe the attack as a bad movie. “I keep saying it was like a bad movie that you've seen before but never thought it would be real life. There were people literally being shot. You could see blood everywhere. It was something that I wouldn't ever want to see again or wish upon anyone else to see."
Young, who did not perform but is currently on tour with Aldean, took to social media to recount the harrowing moments the gunman opened fire.
“Spent I don't know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage...know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire. I’m literally still shaking,” he wrote on Twitter.
The singer did not go into detail of what he saw or heard. Instead, he sent out another heartfelt message about the evening’s events, showing that sometimes there are just no words to describe such an awful tragedy.
"I'm not gonna say anything else other than I'm lucky to be alive. As are many others... and so many people are gone... this is heartbreaking." Young tweeted.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the horrific shooting in Las Vegas last night.