As promised, Florida police have now revealed the identity of the man they say is responsible for shooting and killing 22-year-old former “Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie.
This afternoon, the Orlando Police Department revealed the identity and photo of St. Petersburg, Florida resident Kevin James Loibl, 27, who they say is the lone gunman responsible for shooting and killing Christina Grimmie as she signed autographs in Orlando last night.
OPD can confirm 27 year old Kevin James Loibl, suspect who shot Christina Grimmie, is from St Petersburg, FL pic.twitter.com/iN6RUi3VRx
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 11, 2016
In response to the incident, The Plaza Live, where the shooting took place, revealed in a press release today that effective immediately they are suspending all events until further notice.
— Gina Benitez (@FOX35Gina) June 11, 2016
Yep, something tells me the venue is going to getting up close and personal with their insurance company and working feverishly to get a few metal detectors installed over the next few days.
As reported earlier, Christina, a third place finisher on season 6 of “The Voice,” was signing autographs after performing at The Plaza Live in Orlando on Friday when Loibl opened fire. He was then tackled by Christina’s brother Mark before turning the gun on himself. Loibl died at the scene. Christina was taken to the hospital where she died early Saturday morning. Police held a press conference today stating that the shooter had two guns, two full magazines, and a large knife on him when he died. They also said there was no evidence that Loibl had any previous contact with Grimmie and that he went to the venue with the intention of killing her. They also revealed that, while the venue did employ security to check bags, they had no metal detectors in place.