Live Nation, the promoter behind the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas that has put on the event for the past four years, issued a heartfelt statement following the tragic shooting that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured after a gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean's set in the closing night of the festival Sunday (Oct. 1).
"To think that anyone would want to inflict harm on a gathering of music lovers is beyond our comprehension," the statement reads. "And while we are stunned and grieving over this incomprehensible act of violence, we know that this is a moment when we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring."
At least 58 people are dead and more than 500 injured after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock unleashed gunfire on the Route 91 Harvest site from his hotel room across the street.
The company promised that it will do everything in its power to support the victims and their families, thanking the heroic first responders who helped people to medical care and to safety amidst the horrifying scene. Take a look at the full statement below:
Live Nation released a statement today:
"We are heartbroken over the tragedy that took place at the Route 91 Harvest festival. To think that anyone would want to inflict harm on a gathering of music lovers is beyond our comprehension.
"And while we are stunned and grieving over this incomprehensible act of violence, we know that this is a moment when we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.
"Live Nation will do everything in our power to support the victims and their families through the aftermath of this horrendous event and extends our deepest gratitude to the heroic first responders who helped save as many lives as possible.
To our Live Nation on-site employees, we cannot thank you enough for your bravery and perseverance over the past 24 hours and will ensure you have the resources and support necessary to heal from this."
Prior to the extended statement, Live Nation issued an initial message of support to those affected by the tragedy:
"Our hearts are with you Las Vegas. Thoughts and prayers to all those affected, their families and loved ones."
President/CEO Michael Rapino also tweeted a statement this morning, saying, "Our hearts are with the victims in Las Vegas, their families and loved ones who are grieving this morning and to our @LiveNation employees."
As of press time, police had confirmed that at least 58 people had been killed and more than 500 were in hospital rooms receiving care, surpassing last year's Pulse night club shooting death toll of 49 and making this incident the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The gunman -- who was reportedly a "lone wolf" in the massacre -- has been identified as 64-year-old Mesquite, Nevada, native Stephen Paddock, who killed himself before authorities reached his hotel room in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.
Was there anything LIVE Nation could have done to prevent such a tragedy? Could Mandalay Bay Resorts prevented the outcome? Who is responsible for 59 deaths and over 500 injured?
Many will use this tragedy to call for better gun control while some will say guns don't kill people, people kill people. Did we not learn anything from the attack at the Bataclan concert hall?
No matter what your answer one thing is for sure, concert goers should feel safe at the event they are attending. It must be the responsibility of the event organizer and/or venue to create an environment that feels safe for everyone. I do not know how you do not hold LIVE Nation accountable and as sure as I am typing this there is several lawyers lining up to sue them and probably Mandalay Bay Resorts.
I don't have the answers, but I do know that victims and families need help now. Please give a dollar to the official Go Fund Me page below. We will sort all blame and point fingers later.
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