At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Police said the shooter, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., killed himself as police prepared to enter the 32nd floor hotel room from which he did the shooting.
The incident occurred on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Vegas. Aldean was on stage at the time and rushed for cover, according to news reports.
Former American Idol contestant Lauren Alaina had played on the same stage Saturday; former Voice contestant Morgan Wallen also performed at the festival Saturday.
Aldean took to Instagram to express his horror over what happened.
“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t 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”
It’s doubtful Jason’s wife Brittany Kerr Aldean — also a former Idol contestant — was in Las Vegas. The couple announced the impending birth of their first child together in May and in a Sept. 13 Facebook video, Brittany said she had “gotten a little too big” to feel comfortable hitting the road with her husband.
Lauren expressed her sympathy on Twitter.
“Praying for everyone at Route 91. That crowd was one of the best I’ve played for all year. This news is devastating. My camp is home & safe.
“I won’t be sleeping tonight,” she added. “Instead I am going to pray and pray and pray for the people in Vegas.”
Morgan also shared his sentiments on Twitter.
“Not even sure what to say. We just played that festival on Saturday. My crew is safe. I’m heartbroken and praying for every person affected,” said Morgan, a Top 20 contestant on The Voice Season 6.