Country music star Jason Aldean said that it is “time to come together and stop the hate” in his first tweet since a gunman opened fire in what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history at his concert at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.
“Over the ast 24 hours I have gone through lots of emotions,” Aldean said in his post. “Scared, anger, heartache, compassion and many others. I truly don’t understand why a person would want to take the life of another.”
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) October 3, 2017
Aldean did not address guns specifically, but did say “this world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in,” before calling for unity across the country.
“At the end of the day we aren’t Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and it’s time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE!” he added. “But we have a long way to go and we have to start now.”
Aldean had previously shared a post on Instagram, saying Sunday night was “beyond horrific” and “my Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
The massacre on Sunday night killed 59 and injured more than 500 country music festival-goers.