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Hollywood ‘Heartbroken’ by Las Vegas Shooting: ‘There Are No Words’

Country musicians and other entertainment industry affiliates woke up Monday morning to news of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Sunday night a gunman opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Police named Stephen Paddock, 64, as the gunman, and said that the Mesquite, Nev., resident was now dead by his own hand. A motive for the attack remains unclear.

Celebrities quickly took to social media to react to the tragic event.

“There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families,” Taylor Swift tweeted.

“Woke up to such horrible news,” Carrie Underwood wrote. “We are praying for the victims and their families. May the Lord bring some comfort to them.”

“Words can’t begin explain my sadness. My family and I are praying for the victims of this tragedy. Truly heartbroken,” Luke Bryan penned.

Others famous figures outside of country music chimed in to express their sympathies.

“Heartbroken by the news out of Las Vegas. Praying for those of us waiting for news from loved ones who went to hear live music on a Sunday,” Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted.

Others still tweeted to demand increased regulation on firearms.

“The lone wolf. The local shooter. The gunman. Any and everything, but terrorist. Wonder why,” Ava DuVernay tweeted.

Organizations affiliated with the concert also released statements, including Live Nation:

“We are heartbroken over the tragedy that took place at the Route 91 festival. To think that anyone would want to inflict harm on a gathering of music lovers is beyond our comprehension.

And while we are stunned and grieving over this incomprehensible act of violence, we know that this is a moment when we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.

Live Nation will do everything in our power to support the victims and their families through the aftermath of this horrendous event and extends our deepest gratitude to the heroic first responders who helped save as many lives as possible. To our Live Nation on-site employees, we cannot thank you enough for your bravery and perseverance over the past 24 hours and will ensure you have the resources and support necessary to heal from this.”

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