Updated: Monday, October 2 at 12:37 P.M. ET
Country stars immediately began responding after a gunman opened fire on the Las Vegas strip Sunday (Oct. 1) during Route 91 Harvest festival.
Stephen Paddock, 64, began shooting toward the country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. According to authorities, the suspect has been killed.
Jason Aldean was performing the fifth song of his closing set when the shooting began. He, his band and wife Brittany were rushed offstage during the "beyond horrific" incident.
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
More than 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in what is now being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Jake Owen, Chris Young, Big & Rich and others at the scene during the attack also have responded.
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
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
Why— 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
Everyone in the B&R camp is ok thoughts and prayers to everyone in vegas at #Route91— Big & Rich (@bigandrich) October 2, 2017
We are ok. But our fans and friends are not. This is the worst of humanity at work. Praying for the victims in Vegas tonight.— John Rich (@johnrich) October 2, 2017
Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and countless other country artists shared condolences to those affected.
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
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
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
One year ago we played Route 91 on Sunday night. Our prayers are with all the first responders, artists, crew and mostly the country fans. pic.twitter.com/CTGg7Qm6MJ— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) October 2, 2017
Speechless and Sick to my stomach and heartbroken over Vegas. Praying praying praying for all the victims and their families. God bless.— Brian Kelley (@PlayBkPlay) 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
We are devastated by the news from Las Vegas this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. Our fans are our family - we love you all. pic.twitter.com/k0CiL1THlu— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) October 2, 2017
This is heartbreaking. I cannot believe this tragic news. My heart and my prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific tragedy. So so sad.— Hunter Hayes (@HunterHayes) October 2, 2017
God be with the music lovers and the music makers in Vegas last night. Take time to pray. -T— Toby Keith (@TobyKeithMusic) October 2, 2017
My heart is sick over the news in Las Vegas. Praying 4 everyone in the country community & everyone at the scene.— Charles Kelley (@charleskelleyla) October 2, 2017
I can’t believe this is real life. Praying for our country music family, fans, & all who have been affected by this horrific act of hatred.— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) October 2, 2017
No words..wish it was a bad dream. So heartbreaking waking up to this news. Prayers for everyone involved in the Las Vegas shooting. 💔🙏🏻— Cole Swindell (@coleswindell) October 2, 2017
💔my heart. @Route91Harvest.— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) 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
Just sad. And so sorry for the fans who came to sing and dance and be free and happy. thinking of everyone there & my friend @Jason_Aldean.— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) October 2, 2017
Stilled and speechless... Our hearts and prayers are with everyone involved and affected. - KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) October 2, 2017
My heart is breaking for everyone in Vegas tonight. Simply devastating. So much loss.— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) 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
Heartbreaking news this morning. We are praying for everyone. Jesus, be with these people. Unbelievable. This world makes me sad.— Chris Janson (@janson_chris) October 2, 2017
Love and prayers being sent to everyone in Vegas.— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) October 2, 2017
Praying for everyone at #HarvestFestival. There are no words right now that suffice.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) 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
Praying for all those at @Route91Harvest— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) 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
Watching this horrific news from Las Vegas and Route 91 Festival. We played this festival last year. Praying for everyone's safety.— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) October 2, 2017
I'm speechless. Having played same festival on Sunday last year. My every thought is with the people of Las ... https://t.co/oSJ6FCwYoP— David Nail (@davidnail) October 2, 2017
Wow.. Yall join me in praying for Vegas rn— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) 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
Team Cody was not in Las Vegas during the shooting and are safe.
heartbroken this morning. some asking if I was there. I was not. nor was our team. thinking and praying for all those affected. #vegas 🙏❤️— Cody Alan (@cmtcody) October 2, 2017