Aldean, more celebs on 'horrific' Vegas shooting
Celebrities are taking to social media to express their grief following a deadly shooting in Las Vegas that has left more than 50 people dead and more than 400 others injured.
Authorities shut down part of the Las Vegas Strip and Interstate 15 after receiving reports of an active shooter at the Route 91 Harvest festival, near the Mandalay Bay Casino.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said the shooter, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, was found dead by officers who stormed his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Lombardo did not directly address the issue of terrorism but described Paddock as "a distraught person intent on causing mass casualties."
"We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said. "We believe he was the sole aggressor."
Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intel Group that monitors terrorist groups, tweeted that the Islamic State issued statements saying Paddock was one of their soldiers and that he converted to Islam months ago.
The three-day Route 91 Harvest festival started Friday, and Lombardo estimated that 22,000 people were in the crowd when the shooting began Sunday at about 10 p.m. local time.
Jason Aldean was performing as the shooting began. On Instagram, he said he his crew members were safe and that he was "heartbroken." "Tonight has been beyond horrific," he captioned a picture of the city.
Jake Owen, who was slated to perform ahead of Aldean Sunday, called the event "unimaginable." "Please pray," he tweeted.
Chris Young, who was not a part of the Harvest festival lineup, is touring with Aldean. Young tweeted that he clung to "the floor of a trailer behind the stage" after gunfire broke out. Young later tweeted that he felt "lucky to be alive."
He followed that tweet with one saying, "I'm literally shaking still."
Blake Shelton found the act utterly senseless. "I don't even know anymore... Why?" he tweeted.
Keith Urban was "Stilled and speechless."
Carrie Underwood hoped "the Lord bring some comfort to (victims and their families."
Martina McBride said she was praying for those "affected...which is really all of us."
LeAnn Rimes Cibrian tweeted she was "Praying for even just a moment of peace for everyone's hearts today."
Shania Twain wrote that she was "Heartbroken over the news of Vegas."
Thomas Rhett couldn't even "fathom what happened."
Luke Bryan was at a loss for words to "explain (his) sadness."
Brad Paisley dedicated his prayers to those at the festival and tweeted, "There are no words right now that suffice."
Miranda Lambert said her heart had been broken.
Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum tweeted that he was, "Praying 4 everyone in the country community & everyone at the scene."
Kelsea Ballerini thought of "the fans who came to sing and dance and be free and happy."
Those outside of the country community were also in mourning. Celine Dion, who has a residency at Caesars Palace, said that she was "Praying for all the innocent victims and their families."
Mariah Carey offered her thoughts to those affected. "Praying for everyone's safety," she tweeted.
Trey Songz, who tweeted he was in Vegas at the time of this incident, offered his prayers and shared that he and his team were safe.
Harry Styles recalled waking up "to the heartbreaking news."
Liam Payne, said, "Senseless violence needs to stop now."
Rihanna deemed it "a horrific act of terror!!"
Emmy Rossum encouraged people to "Call it TERRORISM because that's what it is. "
Elizabeth Banks wanted to know "At what point do we Americans say #enough."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson advised his followers to "Hug our loved ones that much tighter today."
Kim Kardashian West said she was "praying for everyone in Las Vegas!"
Gigi Hadid believes "every day is more shocking and sad."
Neil Patrick Harris couldn't "wrap (his) head around the atrocity in Vegas."
Kevin Jonas expressed his belief that "Music should always be a safe place. "
Ne-Yo, who is from Las Vegas, called the news "crazy" and hoped people could "stay safe."
Kendra Wilkinson, a co-host of a show at Paris Las Vegas, said she was "absolutely sick to my stomach."
A befuddled Paris Hilton asked, "What is our world coming to?!"
Ruby Rose expressed her deepest condolences. "I'm so sorry for what is happening right now," she tweeted. "It is horrific just to see the videos.. I can't imagine what you are feeling."
Sam Smith described the scene as "horrifying," adding his "heart and soul is with all the victims & their families and friends."
Khloé Kardashian exlaimed, "Things have got to change!"
Mandy Moore called the news "devastating."
Assault rifles were on Sheryl Crow's mind. "Can we discuss the loss of rights of people going to a concert because of the lack of assault rifle regulations?" she tweeted.
Chloë Grace Moretz called the Las Vegas police members who responded "true (heroes)."
Jane Onyanga-Omara, John Bacon and The Tennessean contributed to this report.