The man who shot and killed “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie minutes before 10:30 p.m. Friday was 27-year-old Kevin James Loibi.
According to a release from a press conference held by Orlando Police Chief John Mina Saturday at Plaza Live “it appears the suspect acted alone and approached performer Christina Grimmie inside the venue as she was having a meet and greet with fans after the show- and opened fire.”
Mina said the suspect, Kevin James Loibi, did not live in Orlando.
“Loibi was armed with two loaded handguns and had additional ammunition on his person, as well as a hunting knife. Detectives are looking at his phone and computer in hopes of identifying a motive,” he said.
Additionally the release said, “The Orlando Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the Grimmie family during this heartbreaking time. OPD detectives are meeting with Christina Grimmie’s family members Saturday. There was private security at the venue at the time of the shooting, but they were not armed law enforcement officers. There were no OPD officers hired by the club to work extra duty Friday night. We will continue to release updates as the investigation unfolds.”
The Plaza Live Venue also issued the following statement Saturday:
“Like everyone else in the community, the board and staff at the Plaza Live Venue are deeply saddened by the tragic events of Friday evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost as well as those who witnessed and aided in the recovery after this senseless act. We are closely working with The Orlando Police Department on this active law enforcement investigation and therefore necessarily defer specific questions to OPD’s Public Information Officer.”
“All activities and events at the Plaza Live Venue have been suspended until further notice. Grief counselors will be provided to the involved staff and we will be partnering with our concert promoter to support the artists and their families as appropriate. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and support during this traumatic time,” the release concluded.