Six people killed in random Michigan shootings, suspect in custody
A gunman killed six people and wounded two in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in random parking lot shootings, police said on Sunday.
The suspect, Jason Dalton, 45, opened fire late on Saturday outside an apartment complex, a Kia car dealership and a Cracker Barrel restaurant over a period of little more than four hours, Kalamazoo police said on their Facebook page on Sunday.
A 14-year-old girl initially reported to have been shot at the restaurant, becoming the seventh fatality, was in fact wounded and is in serious condition, a prosecutor said.
Dalton is in custody and was “even tempered” when he was arrested in downtown Kalamazoo, police said.
“Victims were selected at random,” they said. They described the shootings in and near Kalamazoo, a city about 150 miles west of Detroit, as intentional but gave no motive.
A semiautomatic pistol was found inside Dalton’s vehicle. Police said he had no known criminal record.
The carnage began about 6 p.m. on Saturday when a woman was wounded outside a Kalamazoo County apartment building. About 10 p.m. police were called to the car dealership where two people were killed and a third was wounded.
Four people were killed about 15 minutes later in a Cracker Barrel parking lot in Kalamazoo County, where Dalton opened fire on people in their cars after a brief conversation, police said.
Police said surveillance video from businesses led to a description of Dalton’s vehicle. The victims have not been identified.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud and Ian Simpson; Editing by Miral Fahmy and Andrew Bolton)