John Legend, Mariah Carey, Questlove and More React to Las Vegas Mass Shooting That Left Over 50 Dead
— Chase Stevens (@CSStevensphoto) October 2, 2017
Following the deadly shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night (Oct. 1), stars have expressed their shock and offered condolences.
The mass shooting is now the largest in modern U.S. history, leaving at least 50 people dead and injuring at least 200 more, reports Huffington Post. It’s the largest mass shooting since the deadly club shooting at Orlando last year that killed 49 people. Country singer Jason Aldean had been performing for about 20 minutes when gunfire erupted. He was uninjured, and said his “heart hurts” a few hours after the shooting.
According to the New York Times, online video shows the attack outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where Aldean was performing for the three-day festival. One suspect was reported down, a white male, Stephen Paddock, 64. The shooter was believed to have been firing down at concert-goers from the 32nd floor.
Police do not believe there were any more active gunmen. According to the NY Times, “Video of the shooting captured nine seconds of rapid-fire, continuous bursts, followed by 37 seconds of silence from the weapon amid panicked screaming. The barrage of gunfire then erupted again in at least two more rounds, both shorter than the first.”
The Route 91 Harvest Festival is “three days of country music on the Vegas Strip.” Sunday night’s performance was the last of the sold out festival. After hearing the news, several stars went on social media to offer their prayers, including John Legend, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and Mariah Carey. See their reactions below.
The news from Las Vegas is heartbreaking. Devastating.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) October 2, 2017
Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone's safety
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) October 2, 2017
Don't even know what to say. To be in Vegas while this is happening, brings a pain to my heart. My team and I are safe Thank God! Prayers up
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) October 2, 2017
just woke up…can't believe this is where we are now as a nation. Mind you this is w/o context —how in god's name do they have auto? How? https://t.co/sqoF7PbkJW
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 2, 2017
Hearing crazy news coming out of my hometown… Las Vegas, please, stay safe.
— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) October 2, 2017