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Six killed in string of shootings, suspect was Uber driver

45-year-old Jason Dalton

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Six people have been killed in a series of shootings in Kalamazoo Co. and two others are in critical condition.

The situation began around 6 p.m., at Meadows Townhomes, off G Avenue, near Comstock. A woman was shot several times outside her home and is in serious condition at the hospital and is expected to be okay. The suspect then took off, eventually crashing his vehicle.

He has since been identified as 45-year-old Jason Dalton.

Hours later, around 10:15 p.m., two people--a father and son--were shot and killed in at Seelye Ford Kia, in Kalamazoo.

Around 15 minutes later police say Dalton opened fire at the Cracker Barrel, killing four people and critically injuring a 14-year-old girl, before again fleeing the scene. The victims have been identified as Mary Lou Nye, 62, of Baroda, Mich. (driver of Oldsmobile mini-van); Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek, Mich. (driver of Chevrolet); Dorothy Brown, 74, of Battle Creek, Mich. (rear, driver-side passenger of Chevrolet); and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, of Battle Creek, Mich. (rear, passenger-side passenger of Chevrolet). The 14-year-old front-seat passenger of the Chevrolet is currently in critical condition at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

All of the victims have identified.

In the course of police investigation, officers spoke to an eyewitness from the Seelye shooting, and combined that information with surveillance photos from the dealership, to develop a description of the suspect.

At around 12:40 a.m., investigators located a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop.

Police identified the suspect at that traffic stop, and he was brought into custody without incident. A semi-automatic weapon was seized, police say.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety held a news press conference at 7 a.m. Sunday to update the public.

They do emphasize that there is no danger to the public at this time.

We're told that Dalton does not have a criminal record, and he is expected to be arraigned sometime Monday. Sources say that Dalton works as an insurance adjuster.

Neighbors say that Dalton had been acting paranoid prior to the shootings.



Several people have said that Dalton was their driver for Uber. We have also found that someone had an experience with him during an Uber ride yesterday. The following posts were put out on Facebook:





The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor says that Dalton will be charged with six counts of murder, two counts with assault with intent to commit murder and six counts of felony firearm.


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We will update this story as new information comes in.


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