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."
VIEW 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.
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
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."
VIEW 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.”
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:
My Las Vegas friends please stay safe, stay indoors. This is ongoing and looks already to be quite tragic.— josh groban (@joshgroban) October 2, 2017
Please, if you are in Las Vegas, take cover there are multiple shooters on the loose, twenty people are dead. Find cover and hide.— sia (@Sia) October 2, 2017
I can't believe what just happened in Las Vegas! What is our world coming to?! 😭 My prayers go out to the victims & their families. 🙏— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) October 2, 2017
My heart is breaking for everyone in Vegas tonight. Simply devastating. So much loss.— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 2, 2017
Praying for everyone at #HarvestFestival. There are no words right now that suffice.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) October 2, 2017
President Donald Trump
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
1:2 America woke up this morning to the horrific news of a devastating mass shooting in Las Vegas.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 2, 2017
2:2 Our collective hearts are breaking for the victims and their families. ❤️ #lasVegas— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 2, 2017
First Lady Melania Trump
My heart and prayers goes out to victims, families & loved ones! #PrayForLasVegas— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2017
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2017
Woke up to the heartbreaking news from Las Vegas, my thoughts are with everyone and their families. Love. H— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) October 2, 2017
Woke up to the most devastating news about Las Vegas. I’m praying for everyone in Las Vegas!— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 2, 2017
I can't believe this!! The deadliest mass shooting in US history! 😩My sincerest condolences to everybody there! My prayers are with you! 💔— Khloé (@khloekardashian) October 2, 2017
My heart goes out to the all the victims and also to the families of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas. A shocking event. Seeing how people banded together to help those in need was heartening. Thank you to local law enforcement, first responders and those who remained brave and did all you could.
There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 2, 2017
You can give blood.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 2, 2017
You can help Puerto Rico.
You can help the Virgin Islands.
You can help Mexico.
No shortage of ways to do good today.
Woke up to such horrible news. We are praying for the victims and their families. May the Lord bring some comfort to them.— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) October 2, 2017
Appalled by the senseless loss of life in Las Vegas. Jill and I hold all those affected and grieving in our hearts.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2017
My deepest sympathies and prayers to anyone has been affected by the Vegas shooting last night. I don't even know anymore... Why?— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 2, 2017
My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 2, 2017