Singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” died early Saturday, hours after a gunman’s attack at a Florida concert venue, according to Orlando police.
Grimmie, 22, performed Friday evening at Orlando’s Plaza Live venue, followed by the band “Before You Exit.” She and band members were signing autographs at about 10:45 p.m. when the gunman attacked, according to Orlando police.
The suspect “walked toward Christina and shot her,” the Orlando police said in a Twitter message. “Christina’s brother immediately tackled the suspect” — who then shot and killed himself.
Police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio told the Orlando Sentinel that the gunman was carrying two guns when he opened fire on Grimmie. “She was hit at least once,” Miglio said.
She said the actions of Grimmie’s brother saved others from injury.
“This is a very tragic event,” Miglio said. “This should have been something fun and exciting and for this to happen is just a tragedy.”
Police did not identify the suspect or a motive for the shooting.
Earlier Friday, Grimmie posted a message on Twitter inviting fans to her concert.
Grimmie, a New Jersey native, finished in third place during the sixth season of “The Voice.” Her mentor was Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, who posted a photo of himself with Grimmie on Instagram after the shooting: “I’m sad, shocked and confused. We love you so much Grimmie.”
Early Saturday, a tribute to Grimmie was posted on the show’s Twitter account that read, in part, “We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice.”