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Route 91 Festival: Country Stars Respond to Mass Shooting

posted by Dustin Stout -

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

A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on

We are safe... our angels were definitely watching over us tonight. No words for what happened... Just horrific. Praying for everyoneπŸ’”

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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.

Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and countless other country artists shared condolences to those affected.

My heart goes out to all of our friends, @jasonaldean, our music family and fans in Las Vegas. I'm praying for your healing. I pray God puts his arms around you. This is so sad and devastating. I can't understand it. #prayforvegas #prayforpeace

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Team Cody was not in Las Vegas during the shooting and are safe.

To learn how you can help victims of the tragedy, click here. Follow CMTcody.com for more updates on this story as they become available. 

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