Country singer Jason Aldean says that it “hurts his heart” that his Las Vegas concert became a killing field where more than 20 people were massacred Sunday night.
Aldean was on stage at the Route 91 Festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when extended bursts of gunfire rang out, sending attendees fleeing in terror.
Las Vegas police said early Monday morning that more than 20 people were killed and that more than 100 people were wounded in the outburst of violence, and that the suspected shooter was killed on the 32nd floor of the hotel.
The singer originally continued singing through the gunfire, which other witnesses have said they believed to be fireworks.
He later fled the stage as others scrambled to get away.
“Tonight has been beyond horrific,” Aldean posted on Instagram hours later, adding that he and his team 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,” he said.
Police did not offer any motive for the shooting, with Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo saying he did not know the “belief system” of the attacker, from the surrounding area.