Jason Aldean & Wife Brittany Return to Las Vegas After Mass Shooting
Over the weekend, country star Jason Aldean and wife Brittany flew to Las Vegas, one week after the deadly mass shooting that killed 58 people.
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Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when Stephen Paddock fired shots from his Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel suite October 1. Aldean was able to escape the shooting unharmed.
One week later, Jason and Brittany visited survivors of the shooting at University Medical Center. Brittany posted a pic of herself and Jason looking at the site of the shooting, writing on Instagram, "Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met... fighting the toughest battle of them all... for their lives.”
"You have helped us try to begin the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have," she wrote of the survivors. "Thank you for today. We will never forget.”
The night before, Jason paid tribute to the victims with a surprise performance of the late Tom Petty's 1989 hit "I Won't Back Down" on “Saturday Night Live.” He said, "Like everyone, I'm struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal.”
Last week, Brittany opened up about the thoughts running through her head at the time of the shooting, writing on Instagram, "As we laid behind equipment onstage with some of our road family, bullets flying past… all I could think was, 'I never even got to hold my baby.'"