Jason Aldean Issues Statement About Las Vegas Shooting

In a long Instagram post, the country singer reflected on the tragic mass shooting that occurred on Monday, October 1st, 2017, during his performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. 

"Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others," Aldean wrote in the caption of a photo of the Las Vegas strip with the words "Pray For Las Vegas" over it. 

"I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate! #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas," he continued.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Aldean took to social media in the immediate wake of the shooting to report that he and his crew were safe. "Tonight has been beyond horrific," he wrote at the time. 

Many other celebrities have shared their thoughts on the tragedy, including singer Ariana Grande, whose Manchester concert was also the scene of a terror attack on May 22, 2017.  

"My heart is breaking for Las Vegas," Grande tweeted, adding, "We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism." 

As of this writing, the Las Vegas shooting is being called "the deadliest mass shooting in modern history" and has, so far, claimed the lives of 59 victims and injured over 500 others.

The investigation into the alleged shooter, Stephen Paddock, is still ongoing at this time.