Police in Orlando, Florido has identified the man who shot “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie and committed suicide shortly after. He is Kevin James Loibl from St. Petersburg, Flo., 27.
As with he findings on the initial investigation, it appears that Loibl did not know Grimmie personally but really planned to shoot her.
In a news conference, the police said that the man really just went to the meet-and-greet to commit the crime, as reported by CBS News.
“She was doing a meet-and-greet, just signing autographs and selling merchandise. This white male approached her and opened fire, striking her,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. “We believe he came here to commit this crime.”
In an earlier report, it has been detailed that Grimmie had performed with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando, which ended at 10pm.
Grimmie was signing autographs when she was shot. Her brother, Marcus immediately tackled the gunman. Loibl shot himself.
Many said Grimmie’s brother is a hero because he was able to prevent the gunman from firing at concertgoers. “Very heroic actions by Marcus Grimmie to jump in and it definitely could have prevented further loss of life,” Mina said, as reported by Associated Press.
An eyewitness, 17-year-old Kaitlin Martin detailed that as she waited for members of Before You Exit to come out, she heard the gunshots before chaos ensued.
“We thought at first they were balloons … but then security started running all over the place yelling at people to get out because someone has a gun and someone is shooting. Everyone is just running all over the place,” said Martin, who hailed from Brunswick, Georgia and travelled to Orlando for the concert. “It was chaos,” she said.
Martin added that Loibl must have watched the concert with the rest of ordinary fans, which is an unsettling thought. “This person was in the crowd with us, and while we were singing, having a great time, he was there with different intentions,” she said.
Detectives are now doing more in-depth searching Loibl’s cellphone and social media accounts to get clues on the killer’s motive. As of now, they cannot confirm history of stalking of Grimmie by Loibl.
At Loibl’s home, in St. Petersburg, someone ironically had left a note on the front door and expressed the “deepest sorrow” for the loss “to the family, friends & fans of the very talented, loving Christina Grimmie.” The note also emphasized that no other comment will be made.
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