Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Country Star Loaned His Own Gun to Off-Duty Cop in Las Vegas

Country Star Loaned His Own Gun to Off-Duty Cop in Las Vegas

It is unknown how many in that section of the crowd were struck by the gunman's fire, which killed at least 59 people and injured over 500 concertgoers. "I was looking down at the festival the whole day".

The deadliest mass shooting in modern US history left at least 59 dead and more than 520 people injured after a gunman opened fire on crowd of 22,000 concertgoers.

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After the ordeal had passed and he was able to wrap his head around what had happened, Rich reached out on Twitter to help track down the stranger who'd been so vigilant and courageous. Glad he did, he said, 'They just threw me in the back of a pick up and we're racing down the road getting everyone out of here.' Found out his son, 6-months-old son, and nanny were sleeping in the room next door to the shooter on the 32nd floor. "I know that all artists out there, we are all so concerned right now, first and foremost about our fans, but [we] will not let this stop us in any way". But what I do know is that the country music community will face it with strength and resilience.

Not knowing what was going on, Rich said that he was approached by an off-duty police officer at the bar, and loaned him his concealed weapon to protect the building. When the officer asked him if he could use his gun to guard the bar's door, Rich handed the weapon over as they waited. "NOW", he said. "My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn't realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it".

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But what I do know is that the country music community will face it with strength and resilience. We were onstage there and got the tap on the shoulder that there was an active shooter.


"Fear will not overtake us", he said. "We saw white, black, straight, gay, males, females, everyone out there having a good time".

Big & Rich shared the video on their Twitter page Tuesday with the caption, "This is a POWERFUL moment of American unity".

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Like the patriotic tune states, God Bless America. "That's America singing "God Bless America" at the top of their lungs - that every color, and every religion, and all the different political perspectives represented out there all, singing together in one voice'".

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