News & Opinion | October 2, 2017 12:35 pm

Country Singer Shares Stage Perspective of Chaotic Las Vegas Shooting

At least 50 are dead and hundreds more injured after a gunman opened fire on a country concert.

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People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (David Becker/Getty Images)
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Jake Owen told the Today show he was onstage Sunday night just 50 feet away from performer Jason Aldean when a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country festival in Las Vegas.

“It got faster and faster, almost like it sounded like it was an automatic rifle. You could hear it ringing off the tops of the rafters of the stage,” Owen told the Today show on Monday morning. “That’s when you saw people fleeing. At that point, everyone on stage just started running everywhere possible. It was pretty chaotic for sure.”

Country singer Jason Aldean posted a “Pray for Las Vegas” graphic on Instagram, calling the night “beyond horrific.”

Law enforcement identified 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as the gunman; a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, police say Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday night. Multiple outlets are reporting that at least 50 are dead and more than 400 injured after the shooting.