“Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa went to the Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas on Sunday, but had already left the music festival when a gunman opened fire on the crowd.
“I was there last night at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in #Vegas. My friend Robert wanted to come home early which we did,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.”
Tarek El Moussa is the star of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop.”
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“It’s times like this that remind us we need to treat everyday with the importance it deserves,” El Moussa continued. “Give your family and friends a hug today and let them know they are safe and loved.”
The horrific attack was carried out by a shooter, Stephen Paddock, perched inside a 32nd-floor hotel room at the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Jason Aldean was performing onstage when the gunman opened fire on the audience of more than 22,000 people.
Mass shooting at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Paddock shot and killed himself before authorities arrived to his room, officials say.
El Moussa’s separated wife Christina — whom he still stars on “Flip or Flop” with — shared a “Pray For Las Vegas” post to her Instagram on Monday.
“This hit WAY too close to home. This tragedy puts a lot of things in perspective,” she wrote. “Life is short. Be kind. Be grateful.”
Remembering the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting
Tarek and Christina split last December, a few months after police came to their home in response to a call regarding a man with a gun. Tarek has since claimed that he was the one with the weapon, which he was carrying to protect himself from animals as he went for a walk.