Orlando cops busy with 2 major crime scenes: gay club mass shooting gunman dead; singer Christina Grimmie's killer commits suicide

Carnage: 20 dead in what's described as 'act of domestic terrorism'

Mass shooting in gay club  in Orlando overnight / Headline Surfer®K. Grimmie, trhe young sister shot to death in Orlando after concert / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Orlando police are dealing with two major incidents: A mass shooting at a gay club as shown by all the cop cars just hours before before dawn and Saturday night's slaying of singer Christina Grimmie, shown here in the inset. Both of these images are courtesy of the Orlando PD. 
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- This is one of those crazy weekends where the carnage is on oh so real and when the cops are clearly on the front lines. 

Saturday night's shooting death of Christina Grimmie -- perhaps the most shocking because of the innocense of her visit to Orlando has now been displaced by violence taking far more lives -- the mass shooting in a gay club before the Sunday sunsrise as the multi-colored overhead lights from dozens of Orlando cops cars, as well as back-up support from the Orange County Sheriff's Office lit up the night sky.

Orlandso police have confirmed at least 20 deaths in the night club in what has been described as an "act of domestic terrorism."

The bloodshed began at the Pulse nightclub just before closing with one such alert posted frantically in social media that read: "Everyone get out of pulse and keep running!" Orlando cops confirmed the gunman in the club was killed.

The scene outside the Pulse where a gunman, now dead, shot up the gay club in Orlando, injuring at least two dozen patrons / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
The early morning scene outside the Pulse nightclub looks like a military war zone with an Orlando SWAT team, in the aftermath of a 2 a.m,. mass shooting inside the gay club.

 

Even as cops arrived on scene, the sound of shots being fired could be heard as patrons lirterally ran for their their lives from thne barrage of live rounds continuing inside the Pulse.

One such patron described what happened inside the Pulse:

"I was there," said an emphatic Ricardo J. Negron Almodovar of Orlando, who calls Yauco, Puerto Rico home. "(The) shooter opened fire at around 2 a.m. People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well."

Rivardo J. Negron Almodovar of Orlando was a patron in the Pulse, a gay clubb wghere patrons were shot by a gunman / Headline Surfer®One such patron described what happened inside the Pulse:

"I was there," said an emphatic Ricardo J. Negron Almodovar of Orlando, who calls Yauco, Puerto Rico home. 

"(The) shooter opened fire at around 2 a.m. People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well."

Orlando cops were already busy with Saturday night's slaying of NBC TV's 'Voice' contestant Christina Grimmie

At approximately 10:24 p.m., Orlando Police responded to a call of shots fired at the Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave. Upon arrival officers found a male suspect, who was deceased, and one victim who was gravely injured.

That victim was identified shortly thereafter as singer Christina Grimmie, was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. She later died from those injuries.

Christina Grimmie was performing with the band "Before You Exi"t at The Plaza Live Friday evening. The concert ended at10 p.m. The band members and Grimmie stayed to sign autographs for fans and to sell merchandise.

Detectives were told the suspect – who is not being identified at this time – walked toward Christina and shot her.

"Christina’s brother immediately tackled the suspect stopping him from causing any more harm to Christina and her fans," Orlando police public information officer Michelle Guido told Headl;ine Surfer® and countkless other media outlets. "During the struggle, the suspect shot himself.

Grimmie's killer was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The investigation is in its preliminary stages," Guido said. "We know there are many questions and we will do our best to answer them as the investigations unfolds. Christina was a talented young artist and we know that her fans and supporters want as much information as possible. We will continue to update as the investigation unfolds."

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.