Friday 30 September 2016

Gunman who killed Voice star Christina Grimmie identified

Published 11/06/2016 | 06:56

Christina Grimmie was shot at a concert venue in Florida (AP)
Christina Grimmie was shot at a concert venue in Florida (AP)

The man who shot and killed singer Christina Grimmie, who starred on the US version of The Voice, has been identified by US police.

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Officers in Orlando, Florida, tweeted that the gunman was 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl of Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Orlando police chief John Mina said earlier that the suspect was armed with two handguns, two loaded magazines and a hunting knife when he confronted Grimmie at an Orlando concert venue on Friday night.

She died from her injuries on Saturday morning.

Police said that the 22-year-old singer performed with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando.

After the concert ended at around 10pm, Grimmie was shot as she signed autographs for fans at a merchandise table.

Grimmie's brother immediately tackled the gunman, who then shot and killed himself during the struggle, police said.

The 22-year-old singer from New Jersey finished third during season six of NBC's The Voice in 2014, competing on the team of Maroon 5 star Adam Levine.

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