Michigan: Kalamazoo random shooting spree

Six people allegedly killed in Kalamazoo shooting spree.

A 45-year-old Jason Dalton, of Michigan, has been taken into custody as the prime suspect of the Kalamazoo shootings free that claimed six lives with several battling for their lives.

Dalton, an Uber driver and a father of two, fatally shoot his victims in three different locations –Meadows townhomes 6:00, Seelye Ford/Kia10:15pm and Cracker Barrel 10:20pm.

According to the state police, Dalton’s random shootings killed Mary Lou Nye, 62, of Baroda, Michigan; and Dorothy Brown, 74; Barbara Hawthorne, 68; and Mary Jo Nye, 60, all of Battle Creek, Michigan.

The police found a semiautomatic pistol in Dalton’s car and also saw several weapons when they searched his home.

Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting, said that Dalton’s victims “were shot multiple times, multiple – nine, 10, 11 shell casings at each of these scenes.”

Getting also said Dalton is expected to be arraigned on Monday on charges of murder, assault and firearms violations.

Kalamazoo Police Chief Jeff Hadley, said in an interview with abcNews that they “are fairly certain at this point” that there were no “accomplices,” however, the investigation continues and they are “trying to piece it all together.”

He also said that in this “random acts of violence, none of these victims knew each other nor do they know the suspect that we know of.”

He stressed that Dalton has no known criminal record to his knowledge.

An Uber passenger, Matt Mellen, told CBS TV affiliate WWMT that he had tried to alert the company after a wild ride with Dalton about an hour before the first shooting was reported.

Mellen said that Dalton introduced himself with another name different from the one listed as a driver.

In a statement issued by Uber Chief Security Officer, Joe Sullivan said “we are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.”

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