Jason Aldean was the man standing on the stage singing for thousands of fans at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas when the sounds of gunshots rang out over the music.
The singer fled from the stage as his fans ran to escape from the bullets being shot at them during the terrifying moments that injured 500 and claimed the lives of more than 50 people, as Independent Journal Review reports.
— Luke Broadlick (@LukeBroadlick) October 2, 2017
Now, the father of two daughters, Kendyl and Keeley, and a son on the way, revealed he is frightened about raising his children in this world after watching the terror unfold before his eyes during the massacre.
Aldean shared his fear on Instagram, writing:
“Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in.”
The father discussed the range of emotions he has felt since watching innocent people get gunned down during his show, sharing his prayers for the victims and making a call for people to come together, posting:Jason Aldean/Instagram
“Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Fear, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women.
We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate!”
Aldean has cancelled three of his upcoming California shows out of respect for the victims of the tragedy, including his shows in Los Angeles on October 6, San Diego on October 7, and Anaheim on October 8.
As a result of what happened in Las Vegas this week, we have decided to cancel this coming weekend’s shows… pic.twitter.com/lP7TFCukII
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) October 3, 2017
I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do. It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends.
The tour will kick back off in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 12. Refunds are available at the point of purchase for the three cancelled shows.