Aldean, who described the scene as “beyond horrific,” said he and his crew were safe.
“My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight,” he wrote on Instagram. “It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”
MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay, released a statement from company CEO Jim Murren.
Mass shooting at music festival on the Las Vegas strip
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of last night’s shooting, their families, and those still fighting for their lives,” Murren said. “We are working with law enforcement and will continue to do all we can to help all of those involved.”
Concertgoer Ivetta Saldana, who was there with a friend and hid in a sewer, said the shots sounded like fireworks, the Las Vegas paper reported.
“It was a horror show,” she said at the Town Square shopping center south of the Strip. “People were standing around, then they hit the floor.”
Mandalay Bay, the MGM Grand and the Tropicana remained on lockdown early Monday while guests were told to stay in their rooms.
Matt and Robyn Webb from Orange County said they sheltered under their seats as bullets rained down from the direction of Mandalay Bay.
“It just kept coming,” Robyn Webb told the paper. “It was relentless.”
They later fled toward Reno Avenue, where they said they saw as many as 20 people bleeding in the street.
“That’s when we knew for sure it was real,” Matt Webb said.
A reporter on the scene at Mandalay Bay said people could be seen running from a casino entrance into the ground floor of the parking garage at the hotel.
Victims were rushed to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital Medical Center. Medical personnel from across the region were called into hospitals and to the scene.
The wounded were seen being moved in wheelbarrows and luggage carts.
Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, said he was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.
“It was crazy — I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life,” said McGarry, whose shirt bore footprints, after people in the panicked crowd ran over him.
When gunfire broke out, Michelle Leonard was in a booth near the main entrance of the concert.
“It sounded like a thousand shots,” Leonard, a vendor, told ABC News on Monday. The shooting just “kept going nonstop.”
Leonard said “mass confusion” unfolded as people tried to escape the carnage. She said her friend stepped over several dead victims as they tried to flee the “scary” scene.
“I turned around and I looked and people just started running,” she said. “People were just running and falling and screaming,” she said, adding that it seemed as if the shooting lasted for more than a minute.
“It sounded like maybe 16 to 20 rounds,” Leonard said. “I had no idea of where it was coming from or where to run to.”
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