Country music star Jason Aldean never thought he’d be at the center of a story like this. A story that is sure to remain in the public conscious for many years to come.
On Sunday night, Aldean’s Las Vegas concert was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Aldean called the event, “beyond horrific.” Before adding “It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
The singer was on stage, singing the last song of the night, when 64-year old Stephen Paddock began opening fire on defenseless concertgoers from his 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
The shooting left at least 50 people dead and more than 400 others hospitalized.
Paddock took his own life in his hotel room as police attempted to subdue him.
President Trump called the shooting an “act of pure evil,” before praising the heroic efforts of the first responders.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
Fox News is reporting that ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack claiming that Paddock was a recent convert to their cause, they also say that Paddock “was known” to local authorities.
Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that Paddock “was known to local authorities” in Vegas, and multiple weapons were found in his hotel room in the gold-colored glass skyscraper.
At this time, federal officials do not see any connection to international terrorism and little is known about Paddock’s motivation, sources said. The Islamic State terror group took credit for the Las Vegas shooting, saying the gunman converted to Islam months ago, but provided no evidence back up the claim.
However, there is no evidence (yet) to support this assertion from ISIS, and the killer’s family says they are shocked and dismayed by what has occurred.
Fox News had more from eyewitnesses including Aldean in a longer report this morning.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. Such horrendous evil is dismaying and it saddens us all that events like these still take place with regularity in our world today. We live on a lost, and broken planet where the human condition continues to wreak havoc.
Sadly, as Rahm Emanuel once indicated, the Democrats refuse to let any crisis “go to waste,” and they’ve already begun calling for more gun control.