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Country singer Jake Owen was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, when the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history took place.
Owen, who performed just before headliner Jason Aldean took the stage, called into several morning radio shows on Monday to relay his disturbing, firsthand account of the shooting.
He told the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show that the massacre was “like a bad movie.”
“You could hear it ringing off the top of the roof,” Owen said. “There was people freaking out, everyone starting fleeing every which way. When you got out in the parking lot area where we were running to, there’s people bleeding and lying in the streets. It’s literally like a bad movie, like something you dream and think you’re going to wake up at any point. I think we’re all still trying to figure out … this is real life. This is weird.”
The host asked Owen about the moment he realized that the sound of the attack was gunfire, and not fireworks.
“What was crazy was, I’ve heard guns fire,” Owen said. “This sounded like a full-on automatic rifle just unloading. At that point you could just see, Jason [Aldean] was out on the catwalk and he just put his guitar up in the air and started running back towards the drum set to get off the stage. That’s when you knew. People starting fleeing in the crowd. It was wild, I’ve never seen anything, obviously, like this before.”
Watch a segment of the interview below: