Celebrities React to the Deadly Las Vegas Concert Shooting on Social Media
More than 50 people are dead and over 400 are injured following a deadly shooting that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night. A lone shooter reportedly opened fire during Jason Aldean‘s concert at the Route 91 Harvest festival, near the Mandalay Bay Casino, at just after 10 p.m. local time on October 1. The New York Post reports that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” ISIS’ news agency Amaq said in a statement, according to Reuters. “The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago.”
Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Police Department named the suspect as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a local man who was shooting from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
“It was was a horror show,” concertgoer Ivetta Saldana told The Las Vegas Review-Journal. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
Heart is sinking. Speechless and awestruck. If you're in Vegas, stay safe #PrayForVegas
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) October 2, 2017
— Rydel Lynch (@RydelLynch) October 2, 2017
Thoughts are with the victims and families of this terrible tragedy in Vegas .
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) October 2, 2017
Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 2, 2017
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2017
Praying for Las Vegas. My heart is broken for those experiencing the excruciating pain of loss & praying for those injured
Come Lord come…
— ECHOSMITH (@echosmith) 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
This Las Vegas shooting is devastating and horrific. Thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been impacted by this. #prayforvegas
— Vinny Guadagnino (@VINNYGUADAGNINO) October 2, 2017
OCTOBER WHY DID YOU HAVE TO START LIKE THIS!! #prayforvegas
— Lele Pons (@lelepons) October 2, 2017
— Taylor Caniff (@taylorcaniff) October 2, 2017
Please, if you are in Las Vegas, take cover there are multiple shooters on the loose, twenty people are dead. Find cover and hide.
— sia (@Sia) October 2, 2017
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
The worst mass shooting in US history occurred in Las Vegas. A white man opened fire on a music festival. Call it what it is. Terrorism.
— Bex Taylor-Klaus (@IBexWeBex) October 2, 2017
Praying this madness stops.
— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) October 2, 2017
Sickened to wake up to such shocking news about Las Vegas. I'm so sorry that so many lives were taken so pointlessly and so soon.
— Rose Ellen Dix (@RoseEllenDix) October 2, 2017
My heart breaks…biggest mass shooting in US history. Praying for Las Vegas.
— Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) October 2, 2017
the events in Las Vegas are beyond anyone’s comprehension. My thoughts and love are with everyone affected by this senseless tragedy
— Liam (@LiamPayne) October 2, 2017
Heartbroken by the news out of Las Vegas.
Praying for those of us waiting for news from loved ones who went to hear live music on a Sunday.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 2, 2017
I feel like every day is more shocking and sad…My heart is broken for all the victims of last night's shooting in Vegas, & their families
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) October 2, 2017
My heart is split open for the victims and their families in Las Vegas. At what point do we Americans say #enough
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 2, 2017
Woke up to the heartbreaking news from Las Vegas, my thoughts are with everyone and their families. Love. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) October 2, 2017
it's crazy when the worlds madness begins to effect the place you were born and raised in. prayers for vegas rn.. flying in in the morning
— Tana Mongeau (@tanamongeau) October 2, 2017
Jason Aldean took to Instagram to let his followers know that he and his crew were safe.
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
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy.
We are still mourning the loss of the nine teens and one child who died in the Manchester terrorist attack about four months ago:
Georgina Callander, 18
Georgina Bethany Callander, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was the first victim to be named. Her friend confirmed that the teen passed away in the hospital the day after the attack, with the victim's mother at her side.
The 18-year-old was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she was studying Health and Social Care. The school released the following statement soon after the news broke: "It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday's Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College. Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course."
"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss," the statement continued. "We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counseling with our dedicated student support team."
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