Police in Orlando, Florida, said Saturday the man who shot and killed “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie after her Friday night concert had no connection with the singer but had traveled from another Florida city, determined to kill her. Police held a news conference to update their investigation into the death of Grimmie, 22, who competed on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014.
TMZ reported police said they believe the shooter may have been a deranged fan. “Based on our investigation thus far, it appears that a white male, 21 years of age approached Christina Grimmie,” an officer said during the news conference. “The suspect in this case is not from Orlando. The suspect traveled to Orlando apparently to commit this crime, and had plans to travel back home.”
The officer also said police are now searching the suspected shooter’s cell phone and computer to see if they can find a motive for the crime. TMZ also reported the man, whose identity was to be released later Saturday, had two handguns on him, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife. Police said the venue at which Grimmie performed did not have metal detectors, and did not pat down people entering to watch her show.
As previously reported, Grimmie was performing at the Plaza Live Theater Friday with Before You Exit. The shooting occurred after the show while Grimmie was signing autographs for fans. Earlier Saturday it was reported Grimmie’s brother tackled the shooter and during the scuffle the man shot and killed himself.
Before the show, Grimmie posted a video to her Twitter page encouraging fans who live near Orlando to check out the show. “Hey guys, what’s up! We’re in Orlando today. Please come to the show if you live near Orlando, Florida,” she said. “I’ll be at the Plaza Live. Please come out!”
Grimmie’s latest tweet on her page was reportedly posted by her management team and eerily says: “The end.”
WFTV , Orlando, reported witnesses heard at least six shots following the show, which ended at 10 p.m. EDT.
"Her brother is a hero for saving and stopping him from not hurting anyone else," Police Sgt. Wanda Miglio told a news conference.
Miglio reportedly said that it was unknown if Grimmie, who finished third on season 6 of the NBC singing competition in 2014, knew the suspect, and that authorities are working to determine the motive behind the shooting.
“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” her publicist told E! News. “She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning. If you’d like to give back to Christina’s family in her memory, please consider donating to the families GoFundMe page in their time of need.”