Christina Grimmie Death: Kevin James Loibl Identified As Shooter
Kevin James Loibl has been identified as the shooter who killed Christina Grimmie, police announced.
In two tweets on Saturday afternoon, the Orlando Police Department wrote, “Man who shot and killed Christina Grimmie @TheRealGrimmie is Kevin James Loibl… OPD can confirm 27 year old Kevin James Loibl, suspect who shot Christina Grimmie, is from St Petersburg, FL.” A picture of Loibl was also included with the messages.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Grimmie was gunned down as she signed autographs following a concert on Friday night. Her brother tackled the assailant, who then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide. At a press conference Saturday morning, the Orlando police chief declined to reveal Loibl’s name, but said he was a white male who had traveled to the city with the intention of committing the crime, and then returning to his hometown. He was armed with two guns, additional ammunition, and a hunting knife.
While the investigation is ongoing, cops were unaware this morning of any known connection between Loibl and Grimes prior to the murder. Police in both Orlando and St. Petersburg intend to closely examine his phone, computer, and other possessions in hopes of determining a motive. It is not believed the gunman had any suspect history at this time.
As Gossip Cop noted earlier, Selena Gomez’s stepfather Brian Teefey, who was Grimes’ longtime manager, has set up a GoFundMe account to financially aid her family during this tragic time. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.