It was later discovered that a shooter sitting on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay (a hotel overlooking the concert) targeted the audience. His unthinkable act took the lives of 58 people and injured more than 515.
First responders raced to the scene to help the injured and help escort the remaining crowd members to safety. Thankfully, Jason was also able to escape the venue untouched and uninjured.
Immediately following the attack, Jason shared an update on social media stating he and his band members were safe.
“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
A few hours later, Jason took to social media again to release a second statement. This time he condemned the attacker, while also speaking about the hate and division in the country.
Jason called for us all to grieve as one and come together in the days, months and weeks ahead:
“Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others.
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.”
“This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we’re not Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and it’s 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 you 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”
Hopefully Jason’s message rings true with the millions of Americans who are clutching their loved ones a little tighter today. We can all benefit from ending the hate!
If you are still looking for loved ones who were in Las Vegas during the rampage, please call 1-866-535-5654. Also, if you live in the Las Vegas area and want to help, please consider donating your blood to the United Blood Services at 6930 W. Charleston in Las Vegas or 601 Whitney Ranch Drive in Henderson, Nevada.
Learn more about this heartbreaking situation by pressing “play” on the video below. Our hearts are with the victims and their families.