Police ID suspected killer of 'The Voice' star Christina Grimmie

In this March 2, 2016 file photo, Christina Grimmie performs as the opener for Rachel Platten at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta. (The Associated Press)

The gunman who fatally shot Christina Grimmie, an up-and-coming young singer who once appeared on the popular TV show “The Voice,” had two handguns and a hunting knife on him at the time of the attack, US police said Saturday.

In a tweet, the Orlando Police Department identified the suspect as Kevin James Loibl, releasing a headshot and saying that he was 27 and from St. Petersburg, Florida.

Authorities said they believed he traveled from elsewhere in Florida to Orlando, where Grimmie had given a concert, intent on targeting her.

Grimmie, 22, performed late Friday with the group “Before You Exit” at Orlando’s Plaza Live Theater and stayed on to sign autographs and sell merchandise.

The gunman approached her and opened fire without warning, then fatally shot himself, according to police.

Grimmie was rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center, but died of her injuries.

In addition to two handguns and a hunting knife, the shooter was also carrying two loaded gun magazines, police said.

“The suspect traveled to Orlando, apparently, to commit this crime, and then had plans to travel back to where he came from,” Police Chief John Mina told reporters.

Detectives are scrutinizing the suspect’s cell phone and computer as they search for a possible motive.
 

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