‘11 Minutes’ documentary features first-person stories from Route 91 Harvest festival
The four-part series includes stories from first responders and new footage from the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history
By FireRescue1 staff
LAS VEGAS — Paramount+ has announced the upcoming release of “11 Minutes,” a new documentary series featuring first-person stories from first responders, concert-goers, performers and hospital trauma teams who survived the shooting 2017 Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in Las Vegas. The four-part series will be available to stream on Sept. 27 to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on Oct. 1.
The documentary, which details the 11 minutes in which gunfire erupted from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, will include new footage from 200 hours of cell phone video, plus police bodycams as heavily armed officers approach the shooter’s hotel room.
When it was over, 58 people were dead and more than 800 were injured.
The documentary also features the first in-depth interview from Jason Aldean, the musician performing when the barrage of gunfire began. Aldean remembers hearing a popping noise and thinking it was an equipment malfunction: “When I turned around, my bass player was just looking at me like a deer in the headlights,” he says. “And my security guy was on stage at that point, telling me to get down, waving me off the stage.”
Ashley Hoff, an executive producer of “11 Minutes” a Route 91 survivor, says it is important that the history of that night be shared: “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.”
Josh Haynes, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police detective, adds: “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.”
Watch a preview of the series:
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