Jason Aldean Relives Route 91 Harvest Mass Shooting In Documentary, '11 Minutes'

6 October 2022 | 11:51 am | Staff Writer

11 Minutes is currently streaming on Paramount+

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Paramount+ is streaming new documentary, 11 Minutes, which takes viewers inside the heart-stopping stories of terror and survival experienced by those who were at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, which left 58 people dead and 800+ injured.

Directed by Jeff Zimbalist, the new four-part documentary features interviews with Jason Aldean, who was on stage during the first burst of automatic gun, as well as DJ and radio host Storme Warren, members of law enforcement and several survivors of the shooting.

"It's important people know the truth out of respect for those we lost, out of those who were injured, those who are still mentally and physically scarred… that everybody's spirits and legacies remain intact, and that friendships made that night in those 11 minutes were made for a reason," says Warren. "The story, to me, wasn't about a shooter. It was about people helping each other."

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The also documentary utilizes never-before-seen police bodycam footage and 200 hours of mobile/cell phone video to let viewers accompany heavily armed officers as they approach the shooter's hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay.

Aldean recalls the horrifying moment when the shooting started, as he initially thought the popping noise meant something was malfunctioning with the sound equipment.

“When I turned around, my bass player was just looking at me like a deer in the headlights. And my security guy was on stage at that point, telling me to get down, waving me off the stage,” Aldean says. “It’s hard not to feel a little guilty. I mean, those people were there to support us.”

Josh Haynes, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police detective, adds that he believes the heroic stories of people who experienced the tragic moment should be told.

Haynes says, “People stood up at that moment and they did what needed to be done at that time to take care of those on their left and right. Those stories should be told.”

Ashley Hoff, who is an executive producer of 11 Minutes and a Route 91 survivor, witnessed some truly incredible moments, even in the darkness and sadness of such a tragic event.

She says, “As I ran out of that field, I believe I witnessed some of humanity’s greatest moments. I’ve gotten to hear from many fellow survivors, some of the strongest, bravest, most resilient people I’ve ever met.”

11 Minutes also devotes six minutes of the end credits to a list of the American cities that have suffered mass shootings in the last five years — including El Paso and Uvalde, Texas; Highland Park, Ill.; and Nashville — and naming every victim.

“That was the hardest part for me,” Warren says. “I wasn’t expecting it. And when I saw that scroll, I’m just like, ‘Oh, God, it’s still going?’”

11 Minutes is currently streaming on Paramount+