Christina Grimmie dies after Orlando shooting, suspect dead


Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star who gained fame as a YouTube sensation and a contestant on television’s “The Voice”, was shot dead while signing autographs for fans after a concert in Orlando, police said on Saturday.


The suspected attacker died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police believe he traveled to the Florida city specifically to carry out the shooting, authorities said.


Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for Friday night’s shooting, Orlando Police Chief John Mine said at a news conference. Mine said there was “no indication” the suspect knew the singer personally, but reportedly “travelled to Orlando to commit this crime.”


Grimmie, 22, was signing autographs for fans inside the Plaza Live music venue just before 10.30 p.m. on Friday after performing as the opening act for the band Before You Exit, police said.


A man approached Grimmie and opened fire before Grimmie’s brother Marcus tackled him, an act that Mine said probably saved lives.


Police have not yet identified the suspect, but say he was carrying two handguns, a large hunting knife and two loaded magazines.


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