In the most traumatic news imaginable, it has been reported that The Voice’ Alum Christina Grimmie has died after a concert shooting.
Grimmie who performed with the pop band Before You Exit were at the Plaza Live Theater, when after the concert they were all signing autographs and selling merchandise, a man walked up to her and shot her, Orlando Sgt. Wanda Miglio said in a news conference. The gunman was tackled by Grimmie’s brother, and during that struggle, the suspect fatally shot himself, according to police.
“This should have been something that was fun and exciting,” Miglio said, “and for something like this to happen is just a tragedy.”
Grimmie was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. No one else was reported injured.
Orlando Police responded to the call at the Plaza Live venue at about 10:20 p.m. ET on Friday, when they found Grimmie injured. Grimmie was immediately transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. Grimmie’s rep, confirmed her death later Friday night:
“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord. She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gun shot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.”
The suspect, who was not identified, is dead, Miglio said. He had two guns in his possession, but Miglio gave no information about the type of gun used, the motive or whether the shooter and Grimmie had known each other. She said she did not know how many rounds were fired.
Grimmie, who started out performing music on YouTube, is known for competing on the sixth season of The Voice in 2014. She finished in third place. She was currently working on an album signed under the label Island Records.
At Friday’s show, Grimmie was the last to perform before the show wrapped up, Miglio said. This was her last tweet.
The band Before You Exit, as well as fellow performers, TV stars and reality contestants, took to Twitter after the incident with the hashtag #prayforChristina.