October 9, 2017 1:54 pm

Country singer Jason Aldean visits Las Vegas shooting survivors in hospital

Jason Aldean at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Credit: University Medical Center of Southern Nevada / Facebook

Country singer Jason Aldean stopped by the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada on Sunday to visit the survivors of last week’s Las Vegas shooting.

The singer, who was on stage performing when the gunfire erupted at a country music festival, returned to Las Vegas a week after the shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds more hurt.

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The University Medical Center of Southern Nevada thanked Aldean on Facebook Sunday for visiting with the survivors. The hospital says Aldean’s visit “helped heal hearts and cheer those who were wounded.”

Aldean’s wife, Brittany, posted a photo of herself and her husband on Instagram looking at the Mandalay Bay resort, where shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd from his hotel room on Oct. 1.

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She wrote, “Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met… fighting the toughest battle of them all… for their lives. You have helped us try to begin the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget. #vegasstrong.”

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Aldean visited Las Vegas one day after he performed on Saturday Night Live, where he paid tribute to the victims of the mass shooting and the late rock superstar Tom Petty with one of Petty’s songs.

Aldean performed I Won’t Back Down during the live opening Saturday night and then introduced the show.

“This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting, there are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends, they’re all part of our family. So I wanna say to them, ‘We hurt for you, and we hurt with you.’ You can be sure that we’re gonna walk through these tough times together, every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”

Aldean cancelled his weekend concerts out of respect for the Las Vegas shooting victims. His tour is to resume on Thursday in Tulsa.

—With files from the Associated Press

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