A gunman (now identified by authorities as 64 year-old Stephen Paddock) killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 more after opening fire from a hotel room high above an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas late Sunday night. It's been noted by some reports as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, athletes from around the country expressed their sorrow and sent condolences to victims with messages on Twitter.
At Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, there was a moment of silence before the Chiefs-Redskins Monday Night Football game in honor of all those affected by the horrific event, with the American flag flown at half-staff.
One of the more prominent athletes to speak up in the wake of the attack was Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. Harper was born and raised in Las Vegas.
Fellow Vegas natives DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans and NASCAR drivers Kyle and Kurt Busch echoed Harper's sentiments.
The pride of Vegas runs deep when you are born and raised in such a great town. I can't fathom the horrific event that has taken place! ...- Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 2, 2017
...My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have been affected by this and to all the people that have lost their lives way too soon! Las Vegas I love you and stand with you🙌- Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 2, 2017
Terrible news coming out of my hometown, praying for all affected by this horrific situation. My thoughts are ... https://t.co/QQqnEqvqHe- DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) October 2, 2017
Absolutely heartbroken to wake up to this. Praying for my hometown & those affected by this atrocity. Stay strong LV. I love you.- Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) October 2, 2017
Devastated to hear of the senseless tragedy in my hometown. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. 🙏 #prayforvegas- Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) October 2, 2017
Other prominent sports figures associated with Vegas, such as professional poker player Phil Hellmuth and UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez, added their thoughts as well.
Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.- phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 2, 2017
Our thoughts are prayers go out to the victims, their families, and all those affected by this senseless and tragic event.- Coach Tony Sanchez (@UNLVSanchez) October 2, 2017
The UNLV hockey team announced via Twitter that assistant coach Nick Robone was injured in the shooting. At last update, the team said he was out of the intensive care unit.
Please keep our Asst Coach Nick Robone in your thoughts/prayers. We will update everyone on his condition when more info is available.- UNLV Rebel Hockey (@UNLVRebelHockey) October 2, 2017
He was in attendance at the concert among many others & is a victim of the shooting. He is out of surgery in ICU. We will update as we can.- UNLV Rebel Hockey (@UNLVRebelHockey) October 2, 2017
The Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL, the only professional sports franchise currently in Las Vegas, released a statement offering their "full support to the people of Las Vegas." The Oakland Raiders, which will be relocating to Vegas in 2020, also released a statement. A few Raiders also tweeted about the shooting.
Praying for Vegas 🙏- Khalil Mack (@52Mack_) October 2, 2017
Woke up to the terrible news in Las Vegas. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, families, & everyone involved. 🙏- Seth Roberts (@SethTRoberts) October 2, 2017
Outside of those with specific connections to Vegas, a number of athletes -- such LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carson Wentz and Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- tweeted about their shock, disbelief and sorrow.
Pray for Vegas!! 🤦. What the hell is going on people!?!? My prayers sent to the heavens above for all the families 🙏 pic.twitter.com/wDpwZ7g4Pz- LeBron James (@KingJames) October 2, 2017
So much hate and evil. So sad. The World needs Jesus in a bad way.- Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) October 2, 2017
Praying for all those affected in Vegas.
So sad to wake up and see what has happened in Vegas. My heart hurts so badly for the victims and families. #PrayForLasVegas- Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) October 2, 2017
In disbelief over Vegas shooting. My heart and thoughts are with the injured and the families who are dealing with unimaginable loss.- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) October 2, 2017
Praying for all those affected by what's happening in Las Vegas right now 🙏- Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) October 2, 2017
Goodmorning, continue to keep love in our hearts. Spread love always. My heart out to all those affected by Vegas shooting. #prayforpeace- Iman Shumpert I (@imanshumpert) October 2, 2017
Getting sick of waking up to a world that shows so much hate and anger. More love. Def more love for the innocent suffering in Las Vegas. 🙏- Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) October 2, 2017
Vegas...We are with you!!! 🙏- Jay Ajayi (@JayTrain23) October 2, 2017
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