Band members happy to be home in Nashville after witnessing Las Vegas mass shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
Many of the Nashville band members working at the show in Las Vegas last night retuned home to friends and family on Monday.
No one from the Jason Aldean and Jake Owen bands was hurt, but they said they are still shook up from the shooting.
Several flights arrived to Nashville International Airport from Las Vegas on Monday, many of those planes carrying crew members who performing at music festival right before the deadly mass shooting that killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 527 people.
The crew members said they feel so lucky just to be able to come home as they reunite with family, holding each other just a little bit closer.
"I get to come home and see my little girl, but you know, a lot of people didn't get to do that," said Jim Hendrix, who performed earlier Sunday with Adam Craig.
Several members of Jake Owen's band returned on the 4 p.m. flight. They said they had just finished their final set and walked off stage when the first round of shots rang out.
"You're wondering if someone is just trying to ruin the show by playing with fireworks or something, and then you hear the bullets flying over your head," said Myron Howell, drummer for Jake Owen.
"They rushed us all behind a tour bus, and we were huddling down," said Scotty Huff, trumpet player for Jake Owen. "Still it seemed like it's not really happening."
These initial moments were terrifying, but the band members said only when they left the stage area did they get a clear picture of the gruesomeness and loss of life involved in this massacre.
"It was just blood and people everywhere," Howell said. "We stumbled on someone getting covered with a sheet on the gurney, now it's shaking you up because it's a real thing. You never see stuff like that."
"There was wounded where we were," Huff said. "Everyone is giving up their belts for tourniquets."
Despite the violence, the band said they are not letting the violent attack stop them from doing what they love; sharing the joy of country music.
"We're more than just a group of guys playing for somebody," Hendrix said. "We're brothers."
The last flight from Las Vegas landed at 7:19 p.m., but there are several more arrivals scheduled for Tuesday.