Jason Aldean is opening up about the Borderline shooting and the unfortunate parallel it has to the Las Vegas massacre that occurred last year while he was performing onstage.
The country superstar spoke to SiriusXM host Storme Warren backstage ahead of tonight’s Country Music Association Awards, saying “it was like a punch in the gut” to learn that several people who survived the Route 91 tragedy were also involved in last week’s Thousand Oaks shooting.
Twelve people died when a gunman walked into the bar during College Country night last Wednesday, opening fire then turning the gun on himself. Many of the Vegas victims said they looked at Borderline Bar & Grill as their safe haven and while several made it out alive, one Vegas survivor was killed in the bar shooting.
“For the people from Route 91, you know, it was so tough to get through that deal and then you’re kind of on the back side of that and then this happens,” Jason Aldean said.
“I have no words for it,” he added, admitting when he heard about the news he “just sat there stunned.”
While he confesses he’s not shocked to turn on the TV and hear about yet another shooting, this one seemed to hit home for the country star.
“People go places like that to unwind and have a good time after a long week at work or school,” he says, calling the tragic event “the saddest thing.”
Aldean has spoken out several times regarding his experience in the Route 91 Harvest shooting, saying he initially thought the gunfire was blown out speakers. Since then, he’s paid tribute to the victims and has been outspoken about those who perpetuate mass shootings.
Route 91, which killed 59 and injured more than 500, is still the deadliest massacre in modern history.