A gunman has opened fire in different location in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing six people.
The motive of gunman 45-year-old Jason Dalton has not yet been revealed, but authorities believe that the shooting spree targeted random people. The shootings happened in an apartment complex, a car dealership, and a restaurant, and lasted for about seven hours.
Dalton, an Uber driver and a former insurance adjuster, started the shooting outside the Meadows apartment complex, where he shot a woman multiple times. Authorities say that she is expected to survive.
The next victims were at a car dealershop about 15 miles away, four hours after the first attack. A father and his seven-year-old son were fatally shot. Then, after about 15 minutes, Dalton went to the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he shot five people–four survived and one is severely injured.
Dalton is now in police custody. Prior to this, however, he continued doing his job as an Uber driver.
A man, who is visiting Kalamazoo, booked an Uber trip after finding out that a shooter was on the loose. At this point, authorities still did not know that Dalton was an Uber driver. Thinking that it would be safer to go home in a car than
walking, the man and some family members booked Dalton’s car. He even jokingly asked him “You’re not the shooter, are you?”
Matt Mellen, who said that he was a passenger of Dalton’s before the shootings started, told reporters: “We got about a mile from my house, and he got a telephone call. After that call, he started driving erratically, running stop signs.”
“We were kind of driving through medians, driving through the lawn speeding along and then finally, once he came to a stop, I jumped out of the car and ran away,” he added.
Uber released a statement confirming that Dalton is, indeed, registered with the company: “Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries.”
Police confirmed that none of the victims were passengers.
“These are random murders,” said Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas.
“This is every community’s nightmare, when you have someone going around just randomly killing people, no rhyme, no reason,” said Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting.