Ariana Grande’s concert at England’s Manchester Arena Monday night (May 22) ended in a chaotic mass emergency evacuation after reports of an explosion.
Manchester police have confirmed twenty-two victims are dead, including children while 59 others were injured. “We believe at this stage that the attack was carried out by one man,” Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. Officials believe one man detonated an explosive device (rumored to be a nail bomb) and was also killed in the explosion.
Police say they’ve arrested a 23-year-old man “with regards to last night’s incident at the Manchester arena.” At a press conference today (May 23), British Prime Minster Theresa May said police “believe they know the identity of the perpetrator.”
Grande is “okay” according to a statement released by her reps. This morning she released a statement expressing her deepest sympathy:
“broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Her manager followed up with his own statement, also expressing his sympathy.
Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, also shared a heartfelt statement on Twitter:
“Tonight, our hearts are broken,” he wrote. “Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack.”
He continued, “We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act. We are thankful for the selfless service tonight of Manchester’s first responders who rushed towards danger to help save lives. We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families, and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) May 23, 2017