After a massacre at Orlando LGBTQ nightclub Pulse left at least 50 dead and 53 injured early Sunday, the United States is in mourning. The suspect—who was killed during a confrontation with a Swat team—has been identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old who lived in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Musicians, political leaders and the general public have aired different reactions to what's now being called the worst mass shooting in American history. Here is what some of the industry's most prominent musicians are saying about the incident on Twitter:
Our hearts are heavy with the tragedies in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.— THRICE (@Thrice) June 12, 2016
the Orlando shooting is so sad, it's beyond words. here is how we can help though. https://t.co/8U1DZ7edMr— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) June 12, 2016
I got to pray— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) June 12, 2016
We are shocked and saddened by the mass shooting in Orlando. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved. pic.twitter.com/pV7HdsZ2ex— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) June 12, 2016
Thoughts & prayers with Orlando & families of the victims. Spread love not hate to your children and the rest of the world 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) June 12, 2016
Waking up to news about the shootings in Orlando has me in tears.— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) June 12, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are w my brothers and sisters who were at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub. RIP to those who lost their lives.— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) June 12, 2016
How how how how can one have so much hate ????? My heart...... is so broken. Praying for the families of the Orlando victims. I am so sorry.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 12, 2016
prayers for Orlando. 🙏🏾— Odd Future (@ofwgkta) June 12, 2016
A celebration of pride, identity, love & life, now ends w hate & horrible horrible tragedy. This world man. My heart goes out...— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) June 12, 2016
So devastating 2 hear about the loss of life in the Orlando shooting & those hospitalized/the families going thru this prayers 4 strength😔🙏🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) June 12, 2016
I am devestated by the shooting in Orlando. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Why is it easy to get a semi automatic weapon?— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) June 12, 2016
Law enforcement agencies at state and federal levels are conducting investigations into Mateen's possible motives. Recent reports claim that the shooter made a 911 call before the attack, and swore allegiance to the Islamic State terror group before entering the nightclub.