Las Vegas: Jason Aldean, Celine Dion, more stars react to deadliest mass shooting in US history

Following Sunday night’s shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, country singer Jason Aldean — who was performing at the time — broke his silence on social media calling the evening "beyond horrific." 

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jason-vegasVIEW GALLERY Jason Aldean, pictured performing during the concert prior to the shooting, wrote that he was "heartbroken" Photo: Getty Images

Attached to an image that read "Pray for Las Vegas," Jason, 40, penned, "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate."  

A "lone shooter,” who has since been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired into the throngs of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel around 10:08 p.m. local time (1:08 a.m. ET) on Sunday, October 1. More than 50 people were killed and over 500 injured in what has been dubbed the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Singer Jake Owen, who performed just before Jason Aldean, also tweeted his shocked reaction writing: "Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray." He continued: "Gun shots were ringing off of the stage rigging and road cases. No one knew where to go..thank you LVPD and responders for keeping us safe."

The dad-of-one recounted the incident hours after taking the stage. “All of a sudden, you heard what sounded – like, ‘Was that gunfire?’ – and it got faster and faster, almost like it was an automatic rifle. You could hear it ringing off the rafters off the top of the stage," he told NBC's Today. "That’s when you saw people fleeing. At that point, everyone onstage just started running everywhere possible. At one point, I was crouched down behind a cop car with about 20 other people, that were people who had just come to the show."

shooting-vegasVIEW GALLERY Terrified concertgoers scrambled for safety during the attack Photo: Getty Images

Some of Las Vegas' most iconic performers have also spoken out on social media, sending prayers and condolences to the victims. Celine Dion, who is scheduled to continue her residency at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, was among the stars sending her prayers. "Praying for all the innocent victims and their families in Las Vegas - Céline xx... #LasVegas," she tweeted.

Mariah Carey, who is set to kick off her Christmas show run at Caesars Palace in December, also took to Twitter writing: "Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone's safety 🙏💔." Meanwhile Britney Spears, whose Vegas residency ends on New Year’s Eve, penned, “Completely heartbroken over the news this morning. Keeping the victims of last night's tragedy in Las Vegas in my prayers 🙏 #PrayForLasVegas‬.”

 

 

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Elton John, whose residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace kicks off October 11, expressed his sorrow over the tragedy. Alongside a black and white photo of the Mandalay Bay hotel, he wrote: “Las Vegas is like a second home to me. I’m utterly devastated by the tragedy of last night’s shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of everyone affected by this horrific act. And I continue to pray for a more peaceful and tolerant world.”

Scroll below to see how more stars reacted:

Kate Hudson

 

💔 My thoughts and prayers are with you 💔 #StopThisHate #StopTheViolence 😢

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Josh Groban

 

Adam Levine

 

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Sia

 

Paris Hilton

 

Kelly Clarkson

 

Brad Paisley

 

President Donald Trump

 

Ivanka Trump

 

 

First Lady Melania Trump 

 

Barack Obama

 

Harry Styles

 

Kim Kardashian

 

Khloe Kardashian

 

Henry Cavill

 

Taylor Swift

 

Jennifer Lopez

 

I ❤️ Las Vegas...feeling so broken this morning

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Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

Carrie Underwood

 

Joe Biden

 

Blake Shelton

 

Suzette Quintanilla

 

My heart goes out to those who lost their lives senselessly. My prayers to all 😔#spreadlove

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Salma Hayek

 

Ariana Grande

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