(CNSNews.com) - President Trump's first public response to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history came shortly after 7 a.m. Monday:
"My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!" the president wrote.
Police say at least 50 people are dead and more than 200 injured in a chaotic scene outside the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip. The suspect, described by police as a local man and a lone wolf, fired down on the concert-goers as country star Jason Aldean was playing at 10:08 pm Las Vegas time.
Some people mistook the rapid-fire for fireworks.
Shortly after the president's first tweet, the White House issued a statement, saying: "The president has been briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas. We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials. All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers."
Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted his sorrow Monday morning:
"To victims, families & loved ones affected by this senseless violence in Las Vegas, Karen & I are praying for you & offering our love. The hearts & prayers of the American people are with you. You have our condolences and sympathies. To the courageous first responders, thank you for your acts of bravery," Pence wrote.