The mass shootings that left at least 20 dead at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub sparked sorrow and outrage across the country as the word spread Sunday morning.
Entertainment and media figures, including presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, took to social media to express their thoughts about the crime at the Pulse club, which catered to the LGBTQ community. Local officials described the shootings, carried out by a single heavily armed man, as an act of domestic terrorism.
The shootings come hours before CBS’ live telecast tonight of the 70th annual Tony Awards. A source said producers were scrambling Sunday morning to find a way for the telecast to address the slayings in Orlando.
Prayers and thoughts to our brothers and sisters. RT @huffpostqueer: 50 casualties in Orlando LGBT nightclub shooting
— Love, Greg (@GBerlanti) June 12, 2016
Very difficult to work this morning. My heart, my soul and my anger are in #Orlando.
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) June 12, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 12, 2016
My heart goes out 2 the families & friends of those who lost their lives in Orlando last nite. A sad, horrific day in US history.
— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) June 12, 2016
My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy in Orlando. There are no words. Sending love and prayers.
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) June 12, 2016
— Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) June 12, 2016
Just now catching up on the tragedy in Orlando… Sickening. Praying.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) June 12, 2016
Are we all "waiting on the world to change? #changefromorlando
— Paris Barclay (@Harparbar) June 12, 2016
Hard to contemplate devastating news of worst mass shooting in US history in Orlando at LGBT club. Thoughts & prayers w families of victims.
— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) June 12, 2016
Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 12, 2016
Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
Thinking about those in Orlando. What a disgusting, outrageous tragedy
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 12, 2016
In NYC but I'm so sad to read of the #nightclub shooting in Orlando. Enough! My heart goes out to the victims and their families & friends.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) June 12, 2016
Horrified by the mass shooting in Orlando. When will we do something to prevent these killing sprees?
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families in Orlando, a city that's always treated me like I was home #PrayForOrlando
— Buddy Valastro (@CakeBossBuddy) June 12, 2016
I am sickened to awake to the horrific news out of #Orlando. Smiling, happy, dancing people gunned down for no reason. Hug your friends. ❤️🌈
— Ross Mathews (@helloross) June 12, 2016
RIP Orlando victims who lost their lives and quick recoveries for those wounded. Deepest sympathies to their friends and families.
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) June 12, 2016