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Police arrest shooting suspect following Jason Aldean concert

Police have arrested a man following a shooting outside a Jason Aldean concert in Mississippi on Friday night (28Oct17).

The country star had just finished performing a show at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo when shots rang out in the venue parking lot. One man was injured when a shot hit him in the chest.

Cops, who had already been working at the venue, responded to the incident, reportedly sparked by a heated argument, and arrested Steven Michael Hulbert before he could drive away from the scene.

The arena was briefly placed on lockdown before authorities ruled it was safe for other concert-goers to exit, reports Billboard.com.

The victim was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center for treatment, and was released on Saturday (29Oct17), while the 22-year-old suspect has been charged with aggravated assault and is being held on $100,000 bond.

Aldean has yet to comment on the post-show shooting, which took place four weeks after the singer found himself in the middle of the Route 91 festival massacre in Las Vegas.

The Burnin' It Down hitmaker was onstage at the outdoor music event on 1 October (17) when gunshots rained down on the audience, costing people their lives. Gunman Stephen Paddock targeted concert-goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino before turning the firearm on himself.

Aldean postponed a number of shows following the horrifying tragedy, but as he returned to the stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma almost two weeks later, he shared a defiant message with his fans.

Telling the crowd that they shouldn't live in fear, Jason explained, "These people are going to continue to try to hold us down and continue to try and do things to us that are going to make us live in fear and be scared and not go out and do what it is we want to do - whether it's going to a concert, a ball game, the mall or a movie."

As fans cheered in agreement, pumped their fists and held up American flags, Jason continued, "I want this not to be something that's going to be a downer for the rest of the night. I want to play the show for you guys that the people in Las Vegas came to see and didn't get a chance to."

He has since released a cover of late rocker Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down to raise funds for the survivors of the Vegas shooting. Petty died a day after the tragedy.