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Jason Aldean says he's heartbroken, calls for prayers after 'horrific' Las Vegas attack

by Scott Stump / / Source: TODAY

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Country music star Jason Aldean took to social media to offer condolences and say he was heartbroken after a gunman killed more than 50 people at a Las Vegas music festival Sunday night.

Aldean, who was on stage outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino when the shooting started, posted on Instagram a call to "Pray for Las Vegas" and called the attack, among the deadliest in U.S. history, "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," the singer wrote.

"It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night."

Aldean's wife, Brittany, also posted on Instagram about the terrifying night.

"We are safe... our angels were definitely watching over us tonight,'' she wrote. "No words for what happened... Just horrific. Praying for everyone."

The gunman was identified by authorities as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said on Monday that authorities believed Paddock killed himself.

Alden was performing at the Route 91 Harvest festival at the Las Vegas Village in front of a crowd of about 22,000 when shots first rang out. The singer and his band ran off stage as fans tried to scramble to safety.

"It was absolute chaos,'' concertgoer Russell Bleck told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Monday.

"Whoever the shooter was, was just spraying the crowd. You saw people dropping left and right. I'm looking at the footage now for the first time and it's hard to process what happened."

Bleck was with his fiance in the VIP tent directly facing Mandalay Bay Resort when the shooting started.

"It was relentless. There was no stopping. You had only five, maybe eight seconds to move from cover to cover to try to move and get out of there while he reloaded. I saw guys plugging bullet holes with their fingers."

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