Ariana Grande reacts to Las Vegas shooting: My heart is breaking
Ariana Grande has called for “love, unity, peace and gun control” and said that her “heart is breaking” in reaction to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The US singer, whose concert in Manchester was the target of a terror attack in May, was one of many stars speaking out in the wake of the shooting, which has killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500.
Grande, 24, wrote on Twitter: “My heart is breaking for Las Vegas.
“We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.”
Grande was performing at the Manchester Arena on May 22 when a bomb was detonated by suicide bomber Salman Abedi, killing 22 people.
Country music star Jason Aldean, who was on stage during the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival music event where the Las Vegas shooting took place, also took to social media following the atrocity.
The US singer ran from the stage as the gunshots rang out, and he described the ordeal as “beyond horrific” while sharing a picture of the city’s famous strip on Instagram with the words Pray For Las Vegas written over the top.
He captioned it: “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”
The tragedy is the worst ever mass shooting in modern US history.
British nutrition coach Joe Wicks, known as The Body Coach, was in Las Vegas at the time and wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for all your messages. I am in Las Vegas tonight and am safe in my hotel room now. Thoughts to the victims. Love Joe.”
US singer Taylor Swift wrote on Twitter: “There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families.”
Comedian Russell Brand cancelled an appearance on US breakfast television in the wake of the atrocity, saying: “I won’t be going on @TODAYshow because of the awful events in Las Vegas. Inconceivable that such things are so common.”
Mariah Carey, who has a residency at Caesar’s Palace, wrote on Twitter: “Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone’s safety.”
Britney Spears, who also has a residency in Las Vegas at The Axis theatre in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, said: “Completely heartbroken over the news this morning. Keeping the victims of last night’s tragedy in Las Vegas in my prayers #PrayForLasVegas.”
Magician Teller, who performs with co-star Penn Jillette at the Rio casino, wrote: “A dreadful shooting incident took place tonight in Vegas. All of us with the P&T show are healthy and unharmed.”
Singer Trey Songz, who was in the city at the time, wrote: “Don’t even know what to say. To be in Vegas while this is happening, brings a pain to my heart. My team and I are safe Thank God! Prayers up.”
Kim Kardashian wrote on Twitter: “Woke up to the most devastating news about Las Vegas. I’m praying for everyone in Las Vegas!” while her sister Khloe added: “I can’t believe this!! The deadliest mass shooting in US history! My sincerest condolences to everybody there! My prayers are with you!”
She continued: “This is heartbreaking to learn about! Things have got to change!”
Paris Hilton also shared her thoughts, writing: “I can’t believe what just happened in Las Vegas! What is our world coming to?! My prayers go out to the victims & their families.”
Gunman Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was found dead in a room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino with as many as 10 firearms.