The Latest: Police say suspect deliberately targeted singer


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of Christina Grimmie, onetime star of “The Voice,” in Orlando, Florida:

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11:10 a.m.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina says that the suspect who shot and killed a singer who rose to fame on “The Voice” apparently traveled from another city in Florida to Orlando to confront her.

Mina says the suspect didn’t appear to know Christina Grimmie personally and may have been a deranged fan, although the motive was still unknown.

Grimmie was shot to death after giving a concert in Orlando on Friday night. She died early Saturday.

The 22-year-old singer from New Jersey finished third during season six of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014, competing on the team of Maroon 5 star Adam Levine. She began amassing a following on YouTube as a teenager, gripping online viewers with her powerful renditions of hit songs. Her videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views.

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9:45 a.m.

Christina Grimmie’s last Facebook post a few hours before she was fatally shot showed a smiling upbeat young woman asking people to attend her concert.

“Hey guys, what’s up?” she said into the camera. The 22-year-old was bubbly and urged fans to stop by the show at The Plaza in Orlando. She closed with an excited “byee!”

The video was posted around 7 p.m. and according to authorities, the concert ended around 10 p.m. Grimmie was shot as she signed autographs for fans at a merchandise table.

Grimmie, a New Jersey native, finished third during season six of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014, competing on the team of Maroon 5 star Adam Levine. She began amassing a following on YouTube as a teenager, gripping online viewers with her powerful renditions of hit songs. Her videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views.

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Florida authorities say ‘The Voice’ star Christina Grimmie is in critical condition after being shot at a concert venue in Orlando by a suspect who then fatally shot himself after being tackled by the singer-songwriter’s brother.

Orlando Police Department officials tell WKMG-TV (http://bit.ly/1PkSY0k ) that Grimmie was shot Friday night at The Plaza Live, where she was scheduled to perform. They say Grimmie’s brother tackled the shooter, who then shot himself.

Police say the suspect had two guns.

No further information was immediately available. An investigation is ongoing.

Grimmie, a 22-year-old New Jersey native, finished third during season six of NBC’s “The Voice.”

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