A Jason Aldean concert was interrupted last night by the sound of gunfire as a crazed lunatic decided to go on a murderous rampage from his Las Vegas hotel room killing over 50 people and wounding hundreds of others. The count continues to climb so that number will change almost constantly.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, was a recent convert to Islam. There’s no evidence at this point to corroborate this, but I’m sure we’ll know if it’s true or not relatively soon. ISIS has been known to lie about attacks in the past, so who knows?

Lots of video footage taken during the incident is starting to hit the Internet, including a clip of country singer Jason Aldean fleeing from the stage as the first rounds of gun fire started up.

This is pretty terrifying stuff.

From BizPacReview:

Jason Aldean performs on stage, as people scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gunfire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In an early morning post to Instagram, Aldean 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

Soem folks started calling Aldean a coward for running off stage, but to those intellectually challenged individuals, I’d like to ask the following question: What, exactly, was he supposed to do?

The shooter was on the 32nd floor of a major hotel, making him nigh to impossible to spot. Aldean obviously wasn’t armed. Was he just supposed to stand there and get shot? What, is the guy a sniper or something?

What possible good would it have done to just stand on stage? Draw the fire of the shooter away from the crowd? Obviously he wasn’t the target to begin with.

How was he supposed to warn people about the incident when he probably had no idea what was even going on? At least wait until you have the facts before you judge someone. Geesh.

The idiocy of some people on the Internet never ceases to amaze me.

This incident is no doubt going to leave a serious scar on Aldean who will no doubt feel a bit responsible for what happened, even though he shouldn’t.

Let’s hope music acts don’t give in to the terror and cancel shows, but instead, beef up security and show the rest of the world we don’t bow down to criminals and terrorists.

 

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