Orlando Police ID Man Who Killed ‘Voice’ Singer Christina Grimmie
Police in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday answered one of the major questions in the slaying of Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who made her name on NBC’s “The Voice.”
They said the man who shot and killed Grimmie was Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Police didn’t give any background on Loibl or offer a possible motive.
The 22-year-old singer was signing autographs late Friday after a show at the The Plaza Live theater when a man approached and opened fire, police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said.
Loibl fatally shot himself after Grimmie’s brother tackled him, according to authorities. Grimmie was rushed to a hospital but died.
The shooter had two handguns, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife, police Chief John Mina said at a news briefing.
Mina said investigators were going through the man’s computer, phone and other belongings to see whether they can find information about a motive.
Earlier Saturday, before naming the shooter, MIna said he’d “traveled to Orlando apparently to commit this crime.”
It’s unclear how the gunman got a gun into the venue or whether attendees were checked for weapons.
“We don’t know if he was just a crazy fan that followed her on Twitter or on social media,” Miglio said. “We really don’t know … it’s undetermined at this point.”
Security measures are in place at The Plaza Live, police say, but there are no metal detectors and people are not patted down.
“As far as security, The Plaza does have security guards who wear polo shirts. They are unarmed,” Mina said. “They do check bags and purses as people enter.”
The Plaza Live issued a statement extending condolences to the victims and indicating all activities and events have been suspended “until further notice.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost as well as those that witnessed and aided in the recovery after this senseless act,” the statement said.