It was the last night of the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, so for concertgoers to hear fireworks didn’t seem to be out of the ordinary. The only strange thing was, the popping noise wasn’t accompanied by a light show in the sky.
Soon, everyone realized that the sound wasn’t at all associated with a joyous, bright end to the three-day series of country music concerts. Even Jason Aldean, the artist strumming his guitar on stage, realized he had to take cover because that sound was coming from a gun.
A single gunman sprayed bullets over the crowd, killing 58 and injuring 546, all people who had descended upon Sin City to hear musicians sing and spread joy. Somewhere in the fray were Dennis and Lorraine Carver – and they somehow managed to escape without injury.