Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a mass shooting that took place Sunday night during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. At least 20 people are dead with over 100 injured, including dozens in critical condition.
Gunfire erupted as Jason Aldean performed on stage. An eyewitness said the headliner was about six songs into his set when rapid shots rang out – “hundreds of shots.” Social media video and audio from the scene is haunting. The crowd scattered in a wild panic.
The shooter apparently had a clear view of the 25,000 attending this open air festival. The suspect reportedly found a perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Las Vegas Police confirmed the suspect was killed. He was a Vegas resident.
A ripple effect occurred as police restricted access to the Vegas strip. The airport temporarily canceled flights and casinos suspended gambling after demanding that guests take shelter in their hotel rooms. (KTNV-TV Las Vegas)
Jason Aldean and his team are safe. Sunday night’s artists included Luke Combs and Jake Owen, who tweeted (quote) “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others aren't. Please pray.”
The three-day Route 91 festival featured big name Nashville musicians such as Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots.