Jason Aldean after shooting at Las Vegas music festival: ‘My heart aches for the victims’

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MACON, GA - AUGUST 11: Singer/Songwriter Jason Aldean performs during Jason Aldean's 2nd Annual Concert For The Kids, Benefiting Children's Hospital Navicent Health of Bibb County, Raising over 700 thousand dollars at Macon Centreplex on August 11, 2017 in Macon, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Jason Aldean is still coming to terms with the mass shooting that occurred during his set in Las Vegas Sunday night, leaving 59 dead and hundreds injured.

The country superstar was onstage performing at the Route 91 Harvest music festival when the gunfire began.

“Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions,” he said in a message posted on his official Instagram account Tuesday. “Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others.”

Authorities are still investigating what caused 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to open fire on the concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Fear, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate! #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas

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Aldean said in his posting that he doesn’t understand “why a person would want to take the life of another.”

“Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see,” he said. “This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in.”

“At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women,” he added. “We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE!”

The singer also offered his condolences to the victims and ended his note with an appeal.

“Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together,” Aldean wrote. “Time to come together and stop the hate! #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas.”

The festival also released a statement about the shooting:

On behalf of the entire Route 91 Harvest Family, we are completely devastated by the event that occurred Sunday night.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the injured and the deceased and their loved ones, senseless violence has claimed the souls of our fans and we have little in the way of answers.

Our eternal gratitude goes out to the LVPD, emergency services, security guards, and fans for their selfless acts of bravery while trying to help those in need.

While we try and move forward, we will never forget this day.

We will NOT let hate win over LOVE.

We will NOT be defeated by senseless violence.

We WILL persevere, and honor the souls that were lost.

Because it matters.

-Route 91 Harvest