Orlando Police Chief John Mina says the suspect who shot and killed a singer who rose to fame on The Voice television show had on him two handguns, two loaded magazines and a hunting knife when he confronted Christina Grimmie at an Orlando concert venue.
Mina said Saturday (June 11) that there were unarmed security guards at The Plaza concert venue and they checked bags and purses for contraband. But there were no metal detectors or pat-downs of people as they entered The Plaza, a converted Space Age movie house, Mina says.
Grimmie was shot to death after giving a concert in Orlando on Friday night. She died early Saturday. Mina says the man fatally shot himself after he was tackled by Grimmie’s brother. Police spokeswoman Michelle Guido says the suspect was 27 years old.
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.