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Jason Aldean Cancels Concerts After Vegas Shooting (Photos)

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Country superstar Jason Aldean has canceled his concerts for the remainder of the week following the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Aldean was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when a gunman began firing on the crowd from his window on an upper floor of a nearby hotel, notes CNN.

In video footage posted on social media, Aldean and his band can be seen fleeing the stage mid-song as bullets flew.

At least 59 people were killed and more than 520 were injured, authorities said.

"I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe," Aldean wrote on Instagram soon after the attack. "My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night."

Aldean described canceling his scheduled shows in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego as "the right thing to do," reports TMZ. "It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost."

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His scheduled concert dates will resume in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Oct. 12.

"Our first time back on stage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us," he said, "but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do -- play our songs for them."

He also posted his thoughts on his Instagram account, speculating on the state of the union, as quoted by CNN.

Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Fear, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now.

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His Instagram post went on to offer condolences to the victims: "My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate!"

In April, Aldean was in Las Vegas to receive the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award, which he won for the second year in a row.

Sources: TMZ, CNN (2) / Featured Image: Morgan Williams/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: TMZ, Luke Broadlick/CNN

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