On Sunday night, there was a violent mass shooting that took place at a country music festival in Las Vegas. The festival, called the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, began in 2014 and brought country to Vegas, as its Facebook page boasts. On Sunday night, a gunman opened fire and killed concertgoers who were enjoying the festival. The shooting occurred during Jason Aldean's set, who was headlining the festival, as CNN has footage of the country superstar running off the stage after hearing gunshots. And in Jason Aldean's response to the Las Vegas shooting, the innocence that fans were robbed of is very present, and very heartbreaking.
Update: Aldean released a second statement on social media late Monday night with the following statement:
Earlier: As of 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 2, CNN reports that 59 people have died and over 500 people were injured. Authorities say the suspect had 18 additional firearms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.
Earlier: Early Monday morning, Aldean wrote to his fans on Instagram about the attack and the mayhem and carnage that unfortunately took place at his concert. He wrote in an Instagram post that accompanied a meme of the Las Vegas strip with the words "Pray for Las Vegas" over it:
According to reports and video footage shared by concert-goers and eyewitness reports, Aldean was performing when a shooter "perched" in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, opened fire. With over 50 deaths and over 406 people brought to Las Vegas (and surrounding) hospitals due to injuries sustained at the concert, the mayhem and tragedy that struck Las Vegas on Sunday night is now considered the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
Many artists and musicians took to social media to support those that were hurt in the attack that took place on Sunday. It was an outstanding call for unity and denouncing the "evil" that occurred at the festival, as country star Cassadee Pope detailed.
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Luke Bryan — all three country music artists and some former Route 91 Harvest festival performers — shared their thoughts and prayers to those affected by the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.
President Donald Trump also took to Twitter to express his condolences for those that were affected by the shooting, stating, "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"
President Barack Obama also released a statement regarding the tragedy in Las Vegas. He said, "Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy."
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the shooter opened fire on more than 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of a hotel room, overlooking the concert festivities. The press release states that the Clark County Fire Department estimates that approximately 406 people were transported to hospitals in the surrounding area.
Another note added to the notice is that identification process of the injured and deceased will take some time. It is an important reminder that the reports and the names being released are not always accurate, as BuzzFeed News reports. This shooting has been the center of many hoax reports, but tragedy is rooted in reality.