NASCAR issues statement as death toll climbs in horrific Las Vegas shooting

Heart felt condolences and prayers continue to flood in as officials sort through the late-night carnage in Las Vegas during which a gunman opened fire on an outdoor crowd enjoying an outdoor country music festival. The death toll has risen to at least 58, with more than 500 injured.

The Associated Press has called this the worst mass shooting in modern American times.

NASCAR, through its official website, issued a statement this afternoon:

As the day has gone on, other drivers have followed suit.

Steve O'Donnell, a NASCAR executive, said on SIRUS XM Radio that all NASCAR personnel who had been in Las Vegas during Saturday's truck race were reported safe, NBC Sports reported.

Authorities are still trying to figure out why the gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the crowd before killing himself.