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Jason Aldean and Others on the Las Vegas Attack: ‘This World Is Sick’

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Online videos showed the country singer Jason Aldean performing on Sunday night as the Las Vegas shooting began.

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Words of sympathy began to pour in Monday from musicians who had performed over the weekend at the Las Vegas festival where a shooting killed more than 50 people.

The shooting happened Sunday, on the last night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event. Online video showed the singer Jason Aldean, who was listed as the festival’s final act, performing as the attack began.

Early Monday, Mr. Aldean posted a photo of the words “Pray for Las Vegas” superimposed over the city’s skyline. The attack “hurts my heart,” he wrote.

Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. 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. #heartbroken #stopthehate

Jake Owen, a country singer who had performed earlier in the night, said on CNN on Monday that he was onstage with Mr. Aldean when the attack unfolded.

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Concertgoers ran away from the scene as shots rang out.

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“It’s like shooting fish in a barrel from where he was,” Mr. Owen said, referring to the gunman, who the police said carried out the attack from a hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. “I feel so bad for these people. We’re so lucky that none of us were in the line of fire.”

Mr. Owen added that the shooting continued for some time.

“This is not an exaggeration: This shooting was going on for at least 10 minutes,” he said. “It was nonstop.”

Several other performers listed on an online schedule as having performed earlier in the day also offered sympathy online.

“Really no words,” the singer Tyler Reeve wrote on Twitter. “Will never understand how people can do these things. Keep these people in your prayers.”

Early Monday, the musician Josh Abbott said on Twitter that his group, the Josh Abbott Band, had been evacuated from the Mandalay Bay resort.

The singer Kane Brown, who, according to the schedule, had performed earlier, posted just four words on Twitter early Monday: “This world is sick,” he wrote.

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