(GOSSIPCOP) — The cold open of “SNL” began with Jason Aldean doing a tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night that claimed the lives of 58 innocent people and injured close to 500 more. He sang Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Watch the “Saturday Night Live” video below.
As Gossip Cop reported, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on Sunday from his Mandalay Bay Casino hotel room down at concertgoers at the Route 61 Harvest Festival, where Aldean was in the midst of performing. The result was the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. So far, no one has been able to determine why Paddock went on his murderous rampage.
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The nation has remained stunned by this senseless violence. And while “Saturday Night Live” often makes fun of the week’s news, the shooting in Las Vegas has made it difficult for the nation to find humor in virtually anything. For that reason, the sketch comedy show skipped its usual political-based cold open jokes in favor of remembering the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.