911 calls, dash cam reveals night of Kalamazoo shooting rampage
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For the first time since the mass shooting in Kalamazoo nearly a month ago, we are hearing from witnesses who were working to help the shooting victims.
The 9-1-1 calls are heartbreaking and disturbing, but in the end, Dalton pulled over peacefully and was taken into custody.
The night of February 20, 9-1-1 calls from across the county flooded Kalamazoo County dispatch.
"Hi, I am just a concerned neighbor that has been listening to gun fire for the last three hours," said one caller.
In the end, police say each call tied back to Jason Dalton.
The bulk of the calls started just before 6 p.m., when Dalton is accused of running a red light and side swiping another car.
"I was just involved in an accident where a guy ran a red light," the driver said. "He hit me pretty good, was going like 50 miles an hour."
From there, things escalated quickly.
"We need someone here," one caller said, amidst screaming in the background. "Please."
Panicked neighbors began calling for help outside The Meadows Townhomes, where 25-year-old Tiana Carruthers was gunned down trying to protect a group of children.
"Please don't move, they're coming, OK? Please don't move, we have got the kids, please don't move, just stay there," a caller can be heard saying.
Police say Dalton then changed cars and moved here to the Cracker Barrel, in Texas Township, where he killed four women in the parking lot and seriously injured 14-year-old Abigail Kopf.
Dispatch: What's the vehicle that fired the shots?
Caller: It's a blue HHR, dark blue, and it drove off right as we pulled up.
It was a few hours later--after midnight on Sunday--where it reached a quiet ending.
Dash cam shows Dalton being pulled over by a Kalamzoo County deputy.
"I am only taking one weapon off of him," the deputy can be heard saying on dash cam.
Dalton was searched and a single gun was taken by police. And he was walked--an officer on each arm--to the back of a patrol car.
"We have one in custody, one weapon off of him," an officer said. "One detained, there is a firearm on his person."