Country music singer Jason Aldean, who was performing at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Sunday just as a gunman opened fire on the crowd, said he’s canceling three of the upcoming shows on his tour.
The dates in Los Angeles, San Diego and Anaheim, which were all scheduled for this weekend, are canceled. Refunds are available. The “They Don’t Know Tour” will pick up Oct. 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do,” Aldean said in a statement. “It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends.”
Jennifer Lopez has also decided to postpone her upcoming Vegas shows in the wake of the attack.
“Jennifer is heartbroken that such a senseless tragedy occurred,” a rep for the star said in a statement to People. “Her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
Performances for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have,” which plays at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will now be rescheduled.
Aldean was on stage outside the Mandalay Bay Resort when a gunman, later identified as Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 58 and injuring hundreds. The shooter, who fired round after round from a 32nd-floor room at the hotel. He was later found dead in the room, according to police.
Aldean took the time to thank his fans, friends and family for showing their love since Monday.
“Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do — play our songs for them,” he said.
In his first tweet since the shooting, the singer urged people to “come together and stop the hate.” He added, “this world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in.”