Celebrities are joining other users on social media in sending condolences and prayers after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers during Jason Aldean’s concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
A Nevada sheriff confirmed that the death toll is now up to 50, and more than 200 were injured when suspected gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. Paddock is dead.
Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest started their morning show on a somber note as they kicked off Monday’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
“It’s one of those days when there is so much bad news in the news,” Ripa said. “So, it’s hard for us to come out and be uplifting and our typical bouncy Monday selves.”
Seacrest added, “There are no words to describe the pain that these families are going through that have lost loved ones. So, we think of all of you in this moment.”
“It’s a concert,” he said. “You to these places to escape reality, to celebrate a date, a relationship, a birthday, and to think that you have to be afraid to go to a concert in this day and age. It’s awful.”
“We are praying for you today. All of the victims in this,” Ripa concluded.
In the early hours of Monday morning, musicians, actors and TV personalities took to social media to offer prayers to the victims.
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Oh Lord… Evil doesn’t take God by surprise. He knows we will suffer in this lifetime and His heart breaks with ours. But He’s also still sitting tall on His throne, not pacing back and forth nervously. He’s already won. He’s already overcome. The evils we endure in this world are indeed painful…but they are temporary. With a broken heart for the lives lost and the families and friends affected by this tragedy, I pray with very few words. But, I rejoice because God hears our prayers and holds us all tightly in His grip. #prayforlasvegas #prayforvegas Don’t let political correctness get in the way of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Repost: @megangarrett