Singer Jake Owen Gives Harrowing Account of Moment Shots Rang Out in Las Vegas
“I thought it was perhaps the pyrotechnics then I realized it literally sounded like a fully-automatic uzi or machine gun,” Jake Owen says pic.twitter.com/68yqngUmCL
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Jake Owen, the country music singer who was on stage performing when bullets rained down on a crowd at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, provided a harrowing account of the shooting to CBS News.
“I’m just absolutely blown away,” Owen said. “I’m sitting here inside a bus, 100 feet from the stage that I was standing on when this started happening.”
Police said 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas around 10 p.m. Sunday. At least 50 people were killed in the massacre, and another 200 are injured.
“We were in the middle of it, when the shots were being fired, and you could here it ricocheting off the top of the roof of the stage,” Owens said. “And we started running in any direction we could. Cause you didn’t know where it was coming from, you didn’t know if somebody was on the ground.”
“At one point I was kind of sitting on the ground behind a car, with about 20 other people crouched down behind the car and just the fear in everyone’s eyes — yet the feeling of everyone looking for someone to make sure they were ok.”
“Obviously, like they just said it’s the largest mass shooting in our country’s history, I never thought it would be at a country music concert,” Owen continued. “There’s families out there, there’s kids on their parents shoulders, and that’s not what America is supposed to be like.”
When asked what the shots sounded like at the time Owen said: “I thought it was perhaps the pyrotechnics then I realized it literally sounded like a fully-automatic uzi or machine gun.”
Watch above, via CBS News.
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