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SC's Lee Brice, who played deadly Las Vegas festival, calls shooting 'Satan's work'

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South Carolina country musician Lee Brice says that he's okay after the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 50 people and injured over 200 others.

Brice, who was born in Sumter, played the Route 91 concert several nights back where the shooting took place. The concert is known as a three-day festival highlighting the current and rising stars of country music. 

The country star spoke to us via the telephone from Las Vegas.

"I just couldn’t believe that I was on that stage just a couple of days earlier and the fans were out there having the times of their lives, and they were so happy," Brice said.

Brice played the outdoor concert on Friday night -- two nights before the massacre. He says he is praying for all of the victims and their families and that he believes what happened was an act of hate. He called it Satan’s work.

Shots were still being fired into the crowd when Brice saw the news and spoke with a friend and fellow country music star Jake Owen. 

“When he said that ‘It’s bad, there are people down and there’s blood everywhere,’ I knew he was backstage, so that said to me this wasn’t just out in the crowd. This was everywhere. I heard there were, they shot out tour bus windows. I was scared to death for him and all those crew," Brice said.

He said he feels the country music community will come together and overcome what happened. But in the meantime, he’s not sure what could have been done to stop it from happening.  

“For that to happen, for hate to reign in like that with bullets, I just I can’t imagine the fear and then now the remorse of the families," Brice said. "I just feel for them and I’m praying for them so much."

The suspected shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, was killed at the scene.

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