Random and senseless shootings on February 20 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, claimed the lives of at least seven people with at least two more people seriously injured. Arrested early Sunday in connection with the shootings is 45-year-old suspect Jason Dalton, according to a report from ABC News. The number of those fatally shot is being reported by different media outlets as either six or seven.
Jeff Hadley, Chief of the Kalamazoo County Department of Public Safety, said that charges have not yet been filed against the suspected shooter. When charges are brought forth, Dalton should be looking at several counts of murder.
Police in Kalamazoo said that the shootings began late Saturday evening in several different locations. Those locations included a restaurant and outside of car dealership and some residential townhomes. Names of the shooting victims have not yet been released. One of those wounded includes a 14-year-old girl shot outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, according to The New York Post.
That little girl is said to be in grave condition. Some media reports have the 14 year old as already having died from her injures. A mother and her three children were also gunned down.
Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said that a father and son were shot outside of the car dealership and that one woman sustained multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot of an apartment complex. Matyas also said that he and the authorities don’t believe the victims were specifically targeted but that the gunman went on a rampage and randomly shot at innocent people from his car over a period of five hours.
Matyas said that the shootings began around 6 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of a townhome complex where one woman was seriously shot. “About four hours later and 15 miles away, the father and son were fatally shot while looking at cars. Fifteen minutes after that, five people were shot in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel along Interstate 94, including the teenager,” according to a quote from the Post.
The suspected shooter was apprehended at 12:40 a.m. on Sunday. Police say Dalton was arrested without incident and that weapons were recovered from inside his vehicle.
Update: A Sunday morning report from the Associated Press has the death count from the shootings to have been revised to six dead. For more on the Michigan shootings where police say the suspect was just driving around and shooting people, see the video accompanying this article.