"Tonight has been beyond horrific," writes Jason Aldean in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Some of the biggest names in country music are speaking out after Sunday's deadly Las Vegas shooting, where at least 50 people were killed and another 406 injured when shots were fired at the 91 Harvest Festival.
The gunman, 64-year-old local resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward the crowd as headliner Jason Aldean was on stage. Paddock was later found dead at by officers inside his hotel room.
Aldean made it to safety, posting a message to Instagram earlier this morning to let everyone know he and his crew were OK. "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe," he posted. "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."
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
His wife, Brittany Aldean, also called the incident "horrific" in her own social media post.
The weekend-long festival included performances from artists like Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, Lauren Alaina and Big & Rich. Owen went to his Twitter page as the shooting was happening, tweeting "Love you Pearl," a message to his 4-year-old daughter. He later tweeted that he's "okay."
Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) October 2, 2017
Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray.— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) October 2, 2017
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— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) October 2, 2017
Other artists who performed over the weekend also shared their thoughts and prayers following the shooting:
Spent I don't know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage... know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire...— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
I'm literally shaking still.— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
I'm not gonna say anything else other than I'm lucky to be alive. As are many others... and so many people are gone... this is heartbreaking— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
Played Route 91 in Vegas the night before last. We were all singing. I'm in shock over this. Heartbroken for all those lives taken too soon.— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) October 2, 2017
Hearts out to Vegas. Route 91 concert, stage I played two nights ago. Musicians, fans, workers, you are all in our prayers right now..— Lee Brice (@leebrice) October 2, 2017
Everyone in the B&R camp is ok thoughts and prayers to everyone in vegas at #Route91— Big & Rich (@bigandrich) October 2, 2017
This world is sick 😔— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) October 2, 2017
My heart is breaking we were just there Friday! My prayers are with everyone @Route91Harvest— Michael Ray (@Michaelraymusic) October 2, 2017
Praying for everyone at Route 91. That crowd was one of the best I've played for all year. This news is devastating. My camp is home & safe.— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) October 2, 2017
I won't be sleeping tonight. Instead I am going to pray and pray and pray for the people in Vegas. 💔💔— Lauren Alaina (@Lauren_Alaina) October 2, 2017
P R A Y // F O R // V E G A S • My heart and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by the tragic events that occurred in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/QKGy30JJnl— Brett Young (@BrettYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
Active shooter by us in Vegas. Say some prayers— Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband) October 2, 2017
Everyone in JAB is accounted for. They evacuated us from Mandalay. My fiancée is still in room. They won't let me in but she's safe— Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband) October 2, 2017
Really no words. Will never understand how people can do these things. Keep these people in your prayers... #vegas— Tyler Reeve (@tylerreeve) October 2, 2017