GUNS N' ROSES, SLIPKNOT, JOURNEY, QUEENSRŸCHE and WHITESNAKE members are among the rock musicians who have reacted on social media to the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history after a gunman opened fire at a country music concert Sunday night in Las Vegas, killing more than fifty people and injuring more than four hundred others.
The gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, began shooting at concert goers from the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which is near the outdoor concert space on the Las Vegas Strip. Paddock was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which he was firing at the crowd.
"Right now we believe it's a solo act, a lone-wolf attacker," Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. "We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat."
Paddock reporteddly began firing at 10:08 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the concert venue across the street.
Jason Aldean was performing at the three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Mandalay Bay when the shooting erupted.
Paddock reportedly checked in to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on September 28 and had an "excess of ten rifles" in his hotel room, Lombardo said.
The suspect's brother, Eric Paddock, told NBC News he was "dumbfounded" by the shooting.
"He was just a guy," Eric Paddock said. "He lives in Mesquite, he went to the hotels, he gambled, he went to shows."
"We are completely at a loss," he added.
Vegas...Our Thoughts & Prayers To The Families & Friends Of All Those Who Lost Their Lives Or Were Injured In Todays Horrifying Shootings XX pic.twitter.com/ChvGalfJGB— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) October 2, 2017
Waking up 2 this awful Las Vegas news. So sorry for those of you who have lost loved ones. This is so damn heartbreaking.— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) October 2, 2017
Just woke up to the horrible news about Las Vegas. Checking on friends & family now. Shocked.— No Rest, Wicked, Etc (@CoreyTaylorRock) October 2, 2017
Praying for everyone in Las Vegas tonite. Please get to safety, help one another out. This is absolutely horrific. Our hearts are broken.— Nickelback (@Nickelback) October 2, 2017
All love & prayers for the 50 innocent victims who were killed & mass injuries in Las Vegas Nevada. Stay safe ??? pic.twitter.com/jOgudeEHqD— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) October 2, 2017
My deepest condolences go out to the families and victims of this awful tragedy in Las Vegas last night and hope... https://t.co/Ui12geuD3r— TONY HARNELL (@tonyharnell) October 2, 2017
My thoughts are with all those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas last night. No words ?— Michael Wilton (@MikeoftheRyche) October 2, 2017
Sick fckn world. Literally.— Mina Caputo (@MinaCaputo) October 2, 2017
Waking up and learning of the Vegas shooting. Processing, trying to get my head around this sadness. Speechless and sad.— BILLY MORRISON (@BillyMorrison) October 2, 2017
Thinking of everyone affected by the Las Vegas tragedy. So so horrible.— Tom Morello (@tmorello) October 2, 2017
Please Pray for all the folks involved in this tragedy. Such a travesty in Las Vegas.Please send prayer for Victims and Families ? pic.twitter.com/CS3AgECJDE— Paul Shortino (@PaulShortino) October 2, 2017
Thoughts & prayers to all who are enduring the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas.. I'm absolutely speechless!— Mike Orlando (@MikeOrlando1) October 2, 2017
All these prayers seem to really be working so let’s not actually do anything to change things.— Jason Bieler (@jasonbieler) October 2, 2017
Absolutely heartbroken to hear of the cowardly attack on innocent ppl in vegas. Thinking of all the survivors & the families of those lost.— Todd Dammit Kerns (@todddammitkerns) October 2, 2017
Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those affected by last nights horrendous shooting in Las Vegas. Words fail us ?— Queensrÿche (@queensryche) October 2, 2017
Just hearing about the horrific shooting at the Vegas concert, can’t believe what I’m seeing. So horrible.— Paolo Gregoletto (@TriviumPaolo) October 2, 2017
Prayers to all who senselessly lost their lives and all the injured in Las Vegas ...beyond tragic— kipwinger (@kipwinger) October 2, 2017
I have no words to express my anger & sadness. My heart goes out to the victims & families on this sad, sad day in Las Vegas & America— Phil Varone (@REALPHILVARONE) October 2, 2017
? #LasVegasShooting— P.O.D. (@POD) October 2, 2017
Our prayers & thoughts go out to the fallen and their families?? ??
I am devastated/shocked. 50+ Dead 400+ insured. To locate missing Call: 866-535-5654 My heart goes out 2 the victims n family’s. #stophate— ASHBA (@DjASHBA) October 2, 2017
In disbelief about the shooting in Vegas. Praying for the victims and families.https://t.co/em84y00XJv— Papa Roach (@paparoach) October 2, 2017
Feeling really sick over the shooting in Las Vegas.— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) October 2, 2017
You sick fool! How much of a loser do you have to be to fire at men and women who can't even protect themselves!... https://t.co/7aHujJsTpq— Brian Welch (@brianheadwelch) October 2, 2017
Unbelievable. Condolences, love and prayers to the victims families of Las Vegas last night https://t.co/PjHCgKneuR— Stevie D. (@StevieDacanay) October 2, 2017
I feel sick to my stomach reading about the Vegas shooting and the Edmonton attack. So many monsters walking our streets. SCUM.— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) October 2, 2017
The world can be a horrifying place. Much love to all of those affected in the Las Vegas shooting.— Trevor Phipps (@TrevorPhipps) October 2, 2017
Ban assault weapons .— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) October 2, 2017
Save rock concerts.
To all the assholes who gave me shit on this page last week for calling for stricter gun laws?— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) October 2, 2017
For once, I wish... https://t.co/qWakI0iEgO
Thoughts and prayers to the families of those who lost their lives trying to enjoy life in Las Vegas. Terrible. RIP— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) October 2, 2017