BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
Jason Aldean made a plea for unity on his Instagram page, posting a candid, emotional message about the Las Vegas shootings.
Aldean, a Macon native, was playing the final headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Sunday when the gunman perched in a 32nd room floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street sprayed the crowd with bullets.
“I truly don’t 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,” Aldean wrote.
The father of two (with a third on the way) also said, “This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in,” before urging “all Americans” to “stand together as ONE.”
About 22,000 people attended the festival Sunday night. At least 59 have died and more than 525 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
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! #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas