Sunday night’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas seemed primed for maxium impact, coming near the conclusion of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The three day gathering had brought big name acts like Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Big & Rich and tens of thousands of fans to the outdoor location on the Vegas Strip.
It all was to culminate in the final performance by country superstar Jason Aldean. The Georgia-born No. 1 artist was onstage when what’s reported to be a single shooter began firing from a location high up in the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel. Aldean was rushed away to safety, but at least 50 people died and as many as 200 people were injured in the shooting spree.
Here’s what you need to know about Aldean, 40, the Macon megastar whom so many people had come to see:
More than 50 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino late on Sunday, October 1.
And the two No. 1’s have taken in at least one game together, as seen in this tweeted out photo: