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"They're like family": Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and more show how country's close connection to the fans links Nashville to Las Vegas

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ABC RadioOn a windy, overcast fall evening in Music City, Grammy winners, Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers, actors, singer/songwriters and the mayor gathered in Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater to memorialize nearly 60 innocent people who lost their lives less than 24 hours earlier at a country concert in Las Vegas.

“This is the kind of city that will wrap its arms around you, and that is exactly what we’re here to do tonight,” the evening’s master of ceremonies, actor Charles Esten said as he began.

The Grand Ole Opry’s General Manager, Sally Williams, hinted at the grief artists like Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Chris Young will be bringing with them, as they return home from the Route 91 Harvest Festival where at least 59 died and more than 500 were hurt.

“Over the next couple of days, Nashvillians who were on site last night will be returning home,” she said. “It will be our responsibility to reach out and hold them up, as they process what happened. Embrace them, listen to them, and love them.”

“Thank you for the opportunity to come and lift up 58 families who lost somebody last night,” Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill said, before singing his classic, “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”

“Honored to be here as a voice for the innocent,” he added. “May we never lose our voice… may we never lose our voice for innocent people.” After Vince’s song, his wife Amy Grant joined him on stage, urging the crowd to lean over and touch the person beside them, before leading a prayer.

Nashville Mayor Meghan Barry expressed her sadness that this was, in fact, the second Monday night in a row when she’d led a vigil after a mass shooting. Last week’s followed violence at a local church.

“Death visited two places where people were simply doing the things that give life meaning and give life joy,” she observed.

Australian superstar Keith Urban introduced an emotional version of Simon and Garfunkel‘s “Bridge over Troubled Water” with a very personal story.

“Our nine-year-old, as I was driving her to school this morning, said to me, ‘Dad, you seem quiet,” referring to Sunday Rose, his oldest child with actress Nicole Kidman.

“I said, ‘Yeah, really there was a lot of people killed last night.’ And she said, ‘Did you know any of them?’ And I said, ‘Not that I know of.’ And then she said, ‘Well then why are you so sad?’ I said, ‘Well, first of all, these were innocent people, horrifically taken,” Keith explained.

He went on to express why an unfathomable tragedy like this hits the country music community especially hard.

“They’re like family,” Urban said of the fans who lost their lives at the outdoor concert. “It’s the one thing about country music that’s always been at the center of it, in that it is community. It’s about community. And so I did know those people, in that way, and it just really hit me.”

Grammy winners Alison Krauss and The Cox Family closed the Nashville Vigil for Las Vegas, offering rarely-sung verses of the classic hymn “Amazing Grace.”

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Las Vegas shooting suspect's brother feels as if 'asteroid just fell on us'

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By KT

ABCNews.com(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The brother of the suspected Las Vegas shooter said he and his family feel as if an “asteroid just fell on us.”

“We have no idea how or why this happened,” Eric Paddock, the brother of suspect Stephen Paddock, told ABC News.

Stephen Paddock killed himself before authorities entered the hotel room from which he is believed to have fired shots that killed at least 58 people and injured more than 515 others, Las Vegas police said Monday.

“We don’t understand,” Eric Paddock said, adding they are “dumbstruck” by the “unbelievable” attack.

There is “exactly no reason for this,” and there are “no secrets in his past,” Eric Paddock said of his brother.

“As they drill into his life, there will be nothing to be found,” Paddock said.

Police questioned the suspect’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, who appears to have lived with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, but authorities told ABC News they do not believe she was involved in the shooting.

Eric Paddock confirmed that Danley was his brother’s girlfriend and said that “she is a nice lady.”

“I can’t imagine she would know anything of something like this,” Paddock said.

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She has her OWN agenda: Oprah Winfrey not running for president in 2020, says rep

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By Stephen Iervolino

OWN(NEW YORK) — Don’t expect to see Oprah Winfrey in the White House anytime soon.

After the media mogul tweeted a New York Post article that said she was the “Democrats’ Best Hope for 2020,” many speculated that she was indicating her interest in throwing her hat in the ring. But now Oprah’s team is shutting down the notion that she’s interested in being our next POTUS.

“She was just thanking the reporter, she is not running for office,” a publicist for Winfrey told The Wrap.

In the the NY Post article, columnist John Podhortez praised Oprah’s 60 Minutes segment where she moderated a debate between Michigan voters on various political sides.

Oprah responded to Podhortez’s article, retweeting the link and writing, “Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!”

This is not the first time Oprah has set off a media firestorm about the possibility of her running for president. In March 2017, Oprah told Bloomberg Television that she might have a shot.

“I never considered the question even a possibility,” said Winfrey. “That’s what I thought. I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough. I don’t…’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh. Oh.’”

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Texas guitarist Caleb Keeter changes his mind on gun control, after experiencing Sunday's violence in Las Vegas

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ABC NewsAfter being in the crowd Sunday night as bullets rained down at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, one country musician is changing his mind about gun control.

“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life,” Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Texas-based Josh Abbott Band posted on social media. “Until the events of last night, I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with [Concealed Handgun] Licenses, and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless.”

Josh Abbott Band played their 4:05 p.m. set on Sunday afternoon, but were still at the festival as Jason Aldean took the stage at 9:40. Josh himself happened to be on the 20th floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with his fiancée, while the alleged gunman, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the hotel’s 32nd floor.

Keeter and his co-workers remained on the ground as the gunfire started. He says he soon realized the band’s own firearms would do them no good.

“We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think we were part of the massacre and shoot us,” he explains. “… One man laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power. Enough is enough…”

He continues: “These rounds were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f****** coward received shrapnel wounds.”

Keeter concludes his passionate argument by saying, “We need gun control RIGHT. NOW. My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it. We are unbelievably fortunate to not be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac.”

At least 58 have died as a result of the violence, and 500 more have been injured, making this the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

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Guns, loaded high-capacity magazines found in Vegas shooter's room: Sources

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By TJH

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — Multiple loaded high-capacity magazines were found in the suspected Las Vegas shooter’s hotel room, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

Police found the guns and ammunition in the room being used by suspected shooter Stephen Paddock at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Among the guns were high-powered rifles considered capable of penetrating police armor. There were also some handguns in the room. According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, 16 guns were found inside the suspect’s hotel room.

The additional ammunition indicates that the shooting, which left 59 people dead and injured 515, could have been worse, had police not intervened when they did. Police believe that Paddock took his own life.

A modified bump stock rifle was also found, which allows a gun to simulate rapid automatic gunfire. Law enforcement officials are still in the process of examining firearms to determine if they were capable of firing automatically.

One official said Paddock had a camera mounted in the room, apparently to record himself.

In a separate location searched by authorities, tannerite, an explosive used in target practice, was found, sources said.

Earlier, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said there were at least 10 rifles in the room but noted that the investigation was still underway.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a statement announcing that it is “currently conducting an urgent trace on firearms recovered from the scene in Las Vegas.”

The shooting is the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

A gun shop owner in Mesquite, Nevada, confirmed to ABC News that he sold guns to Paddock, but he did not specify how many and whether they were the ones used in the shooting.

“We mourn for this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the lost and injured,” said Christopher M. Sullivan, the general manager of Guns & Guitars, Inc.

“Mr. Paddock was a customer and purchased firearms from our store; however, all necessary background checks and procedures were followed, as required by local, state, and federal law. He never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time. We are currently cooperating with the ongoing investigation by local and federal law enforcement in any way we can,” Sullivan said.

Guns & Guitars, Inc., sells semi-automatic weapons but not fully automatic weapons.

John Cohen, a former Department of Homeland Security undersecretary who previously worked as a police officer, said that recordings of the shooting suggest that the shooter used an automatic weapon.

“Listening to the video, it sounds like the weapons were fully automatic,” said Cohen, who is now an ABC News consultant.

He said that when a gun is automatic, that means “you pull the trigger once and rounds are fired in rapid succession.”

“[The bullets] were coming out very quick, and you heard a large number of shots very quickly. That would be very difficult to do with anything other than an automatic weapon,” Cohen said.

“It’s not legal to purchase a fully automatic weapon, but it’s not that difficult to convert legal semiautomatic weapons so that they are fully automatic,” he said.

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