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The Country Music World Reacts to the Las Vegas Shooting: “I Witnessed the Most Unimaginable Event Tonight”

People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard on Sunday in Las Vegas.

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The country music world reacted with shock and heartbreak after a deadly mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, which injured more than 400 people and is believed to have killed more than 50. Country singer Jason Aldean was performing onstage during the final night of the three-day festival at the moment when shots broke out. He posted on Instagram to confirm that his team is safe, writing “tonight has been beyond horrific.”

Jake Owen, who performed just before Aldean, thanked law enforcement and seconded Aldean’s call for prayers.

Chris Young, another country music star who was attending the festival, though not performing, described the scene as “heartbreaking.”

Some country musicians took to social media to share their experiences from the festival while others who were not in attendance expressed their condolences, with many asking fans to #PrayForVegas. We will continue to update this post as new tributes come in.

Read more in Slate about the mass shooting in Las Vegas.