(TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich.) — Police in Michigan arrested a man who allegedly opened fire in three locations in Kalamazoo, killing six people and injuring two others.
Jason Dalton, 45, of Kalamazoo, is first accused of shooting a woman in a Kalamazoo parking lot around 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Michigan State Police said today.
He’s also the suspect in the deadly shooting of a father and son around 10 p.m. Saturday at the Seelye Ford KIA Dealership in Kalamazoo, state police said.
Dalton then allegedly approached two cars in a Cracker Barrel Restaurant parking lot and shot five people, state police said. Four of the victims in the two cars died, said police.
After the Cracker Barrel shooting, Dalton was stopped at 12:40 a.m. and taken into custody, said state police. A semi-automatic handgun was found inside Dalton’s vehicle, Kalamazoo County prosecuting attorney Jeff Getting said.
Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said Dalton had brief conversations with his victims before shooting them at point blank range.
Getting said at a news conference Sunday that Dalton had not yet been charged but was expected to face murder charges.
While police previously reported seven people had been killed, Getting said only six had died and two others were severely injured.
“They thought she was deceased — she wasn’t,” he said. “Call it miracle, call it what you want, but she’s alive now.”
State police said today that the four people killed in the Cracker Barrel parking lot were: Mary Lou Nye, 62, of Baroda, Mich.; Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek, Mich.; Dorothy Brown, 74, of Battle Creek, Mich.; and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, of Battle Creek, Mich.
The surviving victim from the Cracker Barrel shooting is a 14-year-old who is in critical condition, said state police.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Sen. Debbie Stabenow are among the officials offering their condolences to the victims’ families Sunday.
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Dalton works as a driver for Uber and had passed a background check, an Uber spokesperson said.
“We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan,” Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said in a statement. “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.”
Dalton is believed to acted alone, state police said.
The FBI is involved in the investigation.
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