After 50 people were shot dead in a gay nightclub in Orlando on Saturday night, celebrities from John Legend to Cheryl have been speaking up, paying their condolences to the victims and calling for action on gun violence.
The shooting took place at Pulse nightclub, when a gunman took over 100 people hostage and opened fire, killing 50 and injuring another 53. Nightclub staff posted on the club's official Facebook page as the events unfolded, urging those who could to get out and run away as far as they could.
Tributes to the victims have been pouring in on social media
Described by police as an act of terrorism, the high death toll has also marked this as the worst mass shooting in recent US history – and celebrities including John Legend and Julianne Moore have immediately began demanding a change to gun laws in the US.
Horrified by the mass shooting in Orlando. When will we do something to prevent these killing sprees?
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 12, 2016
"Horrified by the mass shooting in Orlando," John Legend wrote on Twitter. "When will we do something to prevent these killing sprees?"
Julianne herself wrote: "How many people have to be killed before we act as a nation to #EndGunViolence? #Orlando @Everytown @MomsDemand."
What is wrong with the world 😞 so incredibly sad. Prayers to the victims and loved ones 🙏🏼 #Orlando
— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) June 12, 2016
I'm heartbroken by this tragedy. Praying for Orlando and the suffering created by this senseless violence.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) June 12, 2016
"What is wrong with the world so incredibly sad," tweeted Cheryl. "Prayers to the victims and loved ones #Orlando."
Reese Witherspoon also took to social media and admitted she was "heartbroken" by the news. "I'm heartbroken by this tragedy," she explained. "Praying for Orlando and the suffering created by this senseless violence."
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) June 12, 2016
"Heartbreaking. #PrayForOrlando," Kelly wrote.
US Amongst stars including Boy George, Nicky Hilton, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also opened up about the shooting. "Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL," she wrote. "As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act."
Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 12, 2016
Heartbroken about the shooting in Orlando. My prayers and thoughts are with you all in America. I pray for this world to change!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) June 12, 2016
I'm heartbroken over this hate crime 💔 Thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Orlando 🙏
— Nicky Rothschild (@NickyHilton) June 12, 2016