Las Vegas shooting: Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, more celebrity reactions

2017 iHeart Country Festival - Performances

America woke up to a scene of unprecedented horror today, as news of the worst mass shooting in the country’s history began to spread. The latest report indicates that at least 58 people are dead and 515 injured after a domestic terrorist, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Hotel on 22,000-person crowd gathered for a Jason Aldean concert.

Aldean had just taken the stage for his headline set on the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival when Paddock, who authorities say had “at least ten rifles” in his hotel room, fired into the crowd. The first shots, which observers initially thought were fireworks, were reported at 10:08. By 11:58, following a shootout in the Mandalay Bay Hotel itself, police reported that Paddock was “down,” dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Almost immediately, performers at the Route 91 festival took to social media to express their shock and grief. Jason Aldean called the night “beyond horrific”:

Brittany Aldean also used the word “horrific,” and added “No words for what happened”:

Jake Owen, who performed immediately before Aldean, tweeted during the shooting, trying to warn others:

Sam Hunt headlined the festival on Saturday night:

Psalm 91/Route 91

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Former president Barack Obama tweeted his grief and condolences:

Ariana Grande, who suffered a similar tragedy during a terror attack at one of her concerts this past May, was quick to respond:

Celine Dion, whose own Las Vegas concert series runs at Cesars, expressed her shock on Instagram:

#lasvegas #prayforlasvegas

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Jennifer Lopez shared contact information for those eager to help the wounded:

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda reminded us that we can all be helpful:

Country star Blake Shelton simply asked, “…Why?”:

And Khloe Kardashian channeled the thoughts and fears of many when she said “Things have got to change”:

(Photo credits: Las Vegas shooting Jason Aldean via Instagram, Judy Eddy /

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  • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

    Horribly tragic. Thoughts are with all the victims and everyone who witnessed this.

  • Renee L

    Just when I think we’re finally getting a break from the Kartrashians, they’re still inserted into this story. Who cares what Khloe tweeted? Prayers and good thoughts to the victims of this tragedy. So very sad.

  • FrontDoorMom

    As my heart breaks for the victims i dont understand why anyone cares what celebrities have to say…or tweet about whats going on. It annoys me that news stations feel the need to take a moment to READ what celebrities have to say. I could care less and if anything i feel it takes away from whats really going on. They arent going to fix sh!t. Tweets arent newsworthy to me. Sorry im just annoyed.

    • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

      Well Jason Alden was performing when the shots started so I think if he didn’t issue a statement there would’ve been a huge back lash. Several of the country artists saying things had also performed during the 3 day festival. As far as the kartrashians they just need to fall off the face of the planet lol

      • FrontDoorMom

        See the artists performing that festival i see their words mattering. Others…not so much.