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How the country music world is reacting to the Las Vegas shooting

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Ethan Miller/Getty Images

A country music festival in Las Vegas was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern American history, with at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. A gunman opened fire on the crowd Sunday night from a hotel room window causing panic.

The Route 91 Harvest Festival started in 2014 and it's become one of country music's largest events, with headliners including Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Jake Owen and Eric Church.

Fans and music industry professionals crowded into Las Vegas for the three-day festival, including Andrew Cohen of the artist management company Suit Management.

Cohen stayed at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the same floor as the shooter.

And Lauren Jo Black, editor of the music blog Sounds Like Nashville, has covered the event's increasing popularity among country music fans.

They both joined A Martinez on Take Two this morning.

Listen to Cohen's account of his view of the festival from his room, and Black's thoughts on how this shooting could affect future country music festivals. Click the audio player above.

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