This is a photo from just a short few hours ago. I wanted to post a photo of what this festival was supposed to be about and not give this horrible person the recognition he so desperately wanted. I am incredibly saddened by tonight's events and while I'm thankful that me and all of my band and crew are alive and unharmed, I can't help but hurt for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel. Keep Vegas, these fans, and all of the country music community in your thoughts and prayers, we could sure use it tonight. Thank you.
Luke Combs was hanging out in a VIP section at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when he, his manager and Jake Owen decided to make their way to the main stage to watch Jason Aldean close out the weekend-long festival in Las Vegas. During the set, he made his way to the catering tent and it is there he stood when he realized the severity of the situation.
Active shooter at @Route91Harvest in Vegas. We're safe. Love you guys.— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) October 2, 2017
Me, the band, and crew are all safe. Been a long night, gonna try to get some sleep. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) October 2, 2017
Luke called into the Today Show to recall the series of events that occurred in Vegas saying he was standing on the side stage when "[w]e heard the first 4 shots kind of ring out, but doing music for a living you deal with pyrotechnics a lot on stage and so nobody on the stage really even batted an eye at the first 4 shots because it just seemed part of the show.'
Luke continued on saying that after the initial shots, he became more wary that the situation had become more dangerous than some pyrotechnics difficulties.
After realizing that it was gunfire and not technical difficulties, he and his crew took off for safety in their tour bus, which was across the street.
"It was definitely a scary situation. I'm obviously thankful to be hear and my thoughts go out with everybody else."
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