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NC country artist performed in Vegas just before mass shooting

ASHEVILLE - A North Carolina country artist took to social media to say that he, his band and crew are safe following the news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, which resulted in the deaths of 50 concertgoers and left 400 people injured.

Luke Combs posted a picture of himself performing at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival just hours before the shooting.

"I wanted to post a photo of what this festival was supposed to be about and not give this horrible person the recognition he so desperately wanted," Combs posted to Facebook. "I am incredibly saddened by tonight's events and while I'm thankful that me and all of my band and crew are alive and unharmed, I can't help but hurt for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel."

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said that the suspected gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, took the shots from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Police found 10 rifles inside of his room. Paddock died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Keep Vegas, these fans, and all of the country music community in your thoughts and prayers," Combs ended his post with. "We could sure use it tonight."


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