At the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas last night, a gunman opened fire, killing 50 people and wounding at least 400 more. The horrific event took place just as country music star Jason Aldean took the stage. This morning, country musicians are reacting to the tragedy, which has surpassed last year's Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting as the worst in our nation's history.
Jason Aldean was performing his set when the gunfire began. Aldean shared on social media last night that he and his crew were uninjured during the attack.
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
This is a photo from just a short few hours ago. I wanted to post a photo of what this festival was supposed to be about and not give this horrible person the recognition he so desperately wanted. I am incredibly saddened by tonight's events and while I'm thankful that me and all of my band and crew are alive and unharmed, I can't help but hurt for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel. Keep Vegas, these fans, and all of the country music community in your thoughts and prayers, we could sure use it tonight. Thank you.
Owen played before Aldean on Sunday night, and live tweeted the events as they unfolded.
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
My heart goes out to all of our friends, jasonaldean, our music family and fans in Las Vegas.… https://t.co/Q1iInOWG8Q
— Reba (@reba) October 2, 2017
Words can't begin explain my sadness. My family and I are praying for the victims of this tragedy. Truly heartbroken.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) October 2, 2017
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
Bones and his band the Raging Idiots performed on Saturday night at the festival.
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
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) October 2, 2017
just woke up to the news about the shooting in Vegas. i'm speechless. praying for everyone there.
— Charlie Worsham (@charlieworsham) October 2, 2017
Hug someone. Hold a hand. Smile at a stranger. Mass love is the only defense from such madness.
— Angaleena Presley (@guitarleena) October 2, 2017
Stilled and speechless... Our hearts and prayers are with everyone involved and affected. - KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) October 2, 2017
I don't even know what to say. Wow. Thoughts and prayers with all involved. So awful
— Justin Moore (@JustinColeMoore) October 2, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy in Vegas
— Craig Morgan (@cmorganmusic) October 2, 2017
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
Please pray for all of the victims of the tragic act of terror and cowardice in Las Vegas.... pray for their families and friends.... pic.twitter.com/2oCxabtBlP
— Brantley Gilbert (@BrantleyGilbert) October 2, 2017
— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) October 2, 2017
— Jon Pardi (@JonPardi) October 2, 2017
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) October 2, 2017
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) October 2, 2017
Endlessly grateful to the @LVMPD , first responders and just plain heroes that ran towards the chaos to help.
— Cam (@camcountry) October 2, 2017
Billy Ray Cyrus
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends, and all those affected. Absolutely heartbroken. #PrayForLasVegas
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) October 2, 2017
— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) October 2, 2017
Waking up to the tragic Las Vegas news. We can't even process this kind of senseless violence. God help us.
— thompson square (@thompsonsquare) October 2, 2017
My heart is heavy today. The tragedy in Las Vegas last night is hitting way too close to home. My thoughts & prayers are with those impacted
— Tracy Lawrence (@tracy_lawrence) October 2, 2017