Country Music Star Gave Weapon to Off-Duty Officer at Las Vegas Massacre
LAS VEGAS – A country music star gave his weapon to an off-duty police officer during the Las Vegas Massacre.
John Rich, of Big & Rich, performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival shortly before shots rang out at the show.
The country star was hanging out at the Redneck Riveria bar, which he owns, after his performance when the crowd at the festival was barraged with bullets.
He said that he surrendered his personal firearm to an off-duty police officer who was present.
Rich told Fox News on Monday, “I had a Minneapolis police officer off-duty hanging out. He came up to me and he showed me his badge and he says, ‘I’m officer… and I am not armed for the first time ever I can’t believe it. Are you armed? I said, ‘Yes sir, I am armed.’ I have my concealed weapons permit and I said, ‘Yes, I am armed.’ He said, ‘Can I have your firearm so I can hold point on this front door?'”
Rich said the officer essentially held a sentry position at the door for the next several hours.
“So, I handed over my firearm to him and everybody got behind him for about two hours without flinching this guy kept a point on that front door just in case somebody came through,” Rich recalled.
The singer said Sunday evening’s tragedy was “an attack on America.”
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left at least 59 dead and more than 520 people injured after a gunman opened fire on crowd of 22,000 concertgoers.
The 64-year-old shooter attacked the crowd from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay overlooking the show. The homicidal coward committed suicide as the SWAT approached his room.
— Big & Rich (@bigandrich) October 3, 2017
Police officers and combat veterans said the scene looked like a war zone. It is certainly an event that will not soon be forgotten.
(Photo: Screenshot Fox News broadcast)