Orlando, Florida, police have released the identity of the man who shot and killed 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie. On Saturday, the Orlando Police Department tweeted a photo of the shooter, revealing that his name is Kevin James Loibl. In another tweet, authorities said Loibl is 27 years old and from St. Petersburg, Florida.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 11, 2016
Orlando police Chief John Mina said in a news conference earlier Saturday that officers responded to a call around 10:30 p.m. Friday that a shooting had taken place at the Plaza Live Theater. Grimmie had performed there as the opening act for the band Before You Exit.
“Based on our investigation thus far, it appears that the suspect was alone and approached Christina Grimmie inside the venue after the show — as she was having a meet-and-greet with fans — and opened fire,” Mina said. “Christina Grimmie’s brother, Marcus, tackled the suspect and shortly after that, the suspect shot and killed himself.”
As previously reported, a rep for Grimmie said the singer died from her gunshot injuries early Saturday morning. It’s not believed that Grimmie and Loibl knew each other. During the news conference, Mina said he was likely a deranged fan. Authorities also revealed that he had traveled to Grimmie’s concert with the intent of killing her and had two handguns, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife with him. So far a motive for the shooting was not revealed, and police are searching Loibl’s computer and cell phone for more information.
Grimmie gained recognition as a competitor on NBC’s “The Voice” Season 6 in 2014. She was a part of Adam Levine’s team and finished the show in third place.